The Register of Electors comes into force on 15th February each year and is used at each election and referendum held in the succeeding 12 months. In order to be able to vote at an election or referendum, a person's name must be entered on the Register of Electors for the locality in which the elector ordinarily resides. Check the online Register of Electors to see if you are already registered to vote.
If a person is not included in the Register of Electors currently in force, they may apply for entry in the Supplement to the Register Persons entered in the Supplement are entitled to vote at elections/referenda held during the currency of the Register. Being on the Register does not automatically entitle a person to vote in ALL elections – please see ‘Voting Rights’. Any individual entered in the Supplement will automatically be entered in the Register of Electors published the following February.
Registering for Inclusion in the Draft Register of Electors
The Draft Register of Electors is published on the 1st November each year and is available for inspection in Libraries, Post Offices and Garda Stations. Any individual entered in the Draft Register will automatically be entered in the Register of Electors published the following February. To be included in the Draft Register, please check the conditions listed below and if you are eligible, then complete a RFA voter registration form and return it to the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. .
Note: You may be required to produce documentary evidence to support your eligibility to vote, e.g. a birth certificate, a certificate of naturalisation.
Request by post
If you would like to have an application form posted out to you, you can request it using our Self Service Portal. Please select Request an Application Form from the list.
Conditions for Registration
Age: a person must be at least 18 years of age on the day the register comes into force (15th February). Every resident aged 18 and upwards is entitled to be on the register.
Residence: a person must be ordinarily resident at the address at which he/she wishes to be registered.
Citizenship: every adult resident in the state is entitled to be registered, their citizenship determines the type of elections they may vote in (see below)
Check your voting rights
Referenda: Only Irish citizens can vote in referenda e.g. to vote for or against a proposal to modify the Irish constitution (Bunreacht na hÉireann).
Presidential: Only Irish citizens can vote in Presidential Elections.
Elections for Dáil Éireann: Both Irish and British citizens can vote in elections for Dáil Éireann (the lower house of parliament).
Elections for the European Parliament: Irish, British and other European Union (EU) citizens can vote in elections for the European Parliament.
Elections for Local Government: Irish, British, EU and non-EU citizens can vote in local elections.
Check the online Register of Electors to see if you are already registered to vote.
Amendment to Draft Register of Electors
The Draft Register of Electors is published on the 1st November each year and electors have until the 25th November of that year to make any amendments to their registration details (e.g. change of address). Please complete the RFA1 – Correction to Draft Register form and return it to the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. by the 25th November each year.
Or call (01) 222 2222 (Dublin City Council Customer Services) to request a copy.
Inclusion in the Supplement to the Register of Electors
What to do if an election is due soon and you are not registered
If an election or referendum is due soon and you are not included in the current Register of Electors or the Supplement, you should apply to have your name included in the Supplement to the Register by completing an RFA2 – Inclusion in Supplement form, ensuring it has been signed by a member of the Garda Siochána, and return it by post to the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.
Change your voting address
In order to change your registered voting address, you must complete an RFA3 – Change of Address supplement form, ensuring it has been signed by a member of the Garda Siochána, and return it by post to the Franchise Section, Dublin City Council, Block 4, Floor 1, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.
Supplement forms must be submitted before the fourteenth day (Sundays, public holidays and Good Friday excluded) before polling day. This is a statutory requirement. Eligible electors whose names are included in the supplement will be entitled to vote at an election or referendum held during the lifetime of the register
Information Leaflets in various languages
Folder -- (Register of Electors – General information)
Folder -- (How members of Local Authorities are elected)
Folder -- (European Parliament – How MEPs are elected)
Registration authorities prepare a postal voters list as part of the Register of Electors. Applications for inclusion in the list must be received by 25th November at the latest.
The following categories of persons are registered as postal voters:
● RFC - whole-time members of the Defence Forces - members who live in military barracks may be registered either at the barracks or at their home address.
● SV5 - Irish diplomats posted abroad and their spouses - they are registered at their home address in Ireland.
The following categories of persons may apply for registration as postal voters:
● RFB - Members of the Garda Síochána (police force).
● PV1 - persons living at home who are unable to go to a polling station to vote because of a physical illness or physical disability.
● PV2 - persons whose occupations are likely to prevent them from voting at their local polling station on election day, including full-time students registered at home who are living elsewhere while attending an educational institution in the State.
● RFG - electors unable to vote at their polling station due to circumstances of their detention in prison pursuant to an order of the court.
Note: An elector registered as a postal voter may vote by post only and may not vote at a polling station.
Download the PV1 – Physical illness or disability postal vote form
Download the PV2 – Circumstances of occupation postal vote form