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How to Register to Vote in Ireland: A Guide

As an individual, you might be wondering how you can participate in the democratic process here. The good news is that you can register to vote in Ireland, regardless of your nationality. This blog post will guide you through the process in under 2 minutes.


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Eligibility


To be eligible to vote in Ireland, you must meet the following criteria:

- Be at least 18 years old

- Be living full-time in the State and can only be registered at one address.


If you have no fixed address, you can still register by providing an address where you can receive correspondence. If you have more than one address, you should provide the address where you want to be registered.


Registration Process


You can register to vote in two ways:


1. Online at www.voter.ie

  • By providing your personal details, including your full name, date of birth, PPS number, Eircode, and a valid email address. Once registered, you can update your details online.

I don’t know my PPSN

PPSNs are printed on the following documents:

If you do not know your PPSN number, contact your Intreo Centre or local Social Welfare Branch Office and staff there can find your number for you.


Important to know:



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2. By filling in an application form

  • If you do not have a PPS number, you can download the ERF1 form from www.checktheregister.ie or obtain it from your local Citizens Information Centre. You must have the form witnessed at a Garda Station or Local Authority.

  • If you choose to fill in an application form, these are available at your local post office, public library, or City or County Council office.


Non-Irish Citizens Voting in Local Elections


For EU and non-EU citizens, it's important to note that you have the right to vote in local elections, regardless of the type of residence you hold, or if you are a refugee/seeking asylum.


Your application must be received by the local authority at least 15 days before an election or referendum (excluding Sundays, Good Friday, and public holidays). If it is received on or after 14 days before an election or referendum takes place, you will not be registered to vote in that election or referendum.


Updating Your Details


You can update your details at any time during the year. The easiest way to do this is on checktheregister.ie. You must change your details at least 15 days before polling day.


Additional Information


  • The type of election you can vote in is dependent on your nationality.

    • Irish nationals: Yes to all elections

    • EU nationals: Yes to Local and EU Elections

    • UK Nationals: Yes to General and Local Elections

    • All other nationalities: Yes to Local Elections


  • If you've naturalised as an Irish citizen since you last voted, update your nationality by completing and returning the ERF1 form, available on the Forms page of https://www.voter.ie/general/downloads. Provide supporting documentation such as a photocopy of your passport or certificate of naturalisation.


Participating in the democratic process is a fundamental right, and as a resident of Ireland, you have the opportunity to make your voice heard. So, don't wait! Register to vote today and become an active participant in Ireland's vibrant democracy.


Remember Register to Vote in Ireland, every vote counts, and your vote could make a difference!


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