COMELEC, DFA-OVS remind overseas Filipinos to register to vote for the 2022 presidential elections

The system of continuing registration of voters for the 2022 Philippine national and local elections is ongoing.

The Philippine Commission on Elections (COMELEC) and the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs-Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) are reminding all overseas Filipinos to register before the deadline on September 30, 2021.

When is the next Overseas Voting Registration Period?

Registration begins on 16 December 2019 and will end on 30 September 2021.

Who can register as an Overseas Voter?

Under Republic Act No. 9189 as amended by Republic Act No. 10590, all citizens of the Philippines or dual Filipino-American citizens, who are not disqualified by law, at least 18 years of age by 09 May 2022 may register as an Overseas Voter and vote for President, Vice-President, Senators, and Party List Representatives in the upcoming 2022 elections.

Where can I register as an Overseas Voter?

Registration is conducted in person for biometrics capturing at the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate near you. Registered voters who wish to change their mailing address, transfer their registration from other countries into a new country or city, or correct other details in their registration such as a change in their name, etc. must also do so in person.

NO, there is no online registration option.

YES, OV registration will be included in Consular Outreach Missions within the registration period. Please await further announcements re: outreach missions on the official websites of the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate near you.

What do I have to present to register as an Overseas Voter?

Photocopy of valid Philippine passport; or Documents required by the Consulate General for passport application, such as PSA-issued birth certificate and other supporting docs (i.e. valid Green Card,  valid U.S. visa, Notice of Action). OR, if dual Filipino-American citizen: Copy of Dual Citizenship Identification Certificate or Order of Approval.

How do I know if my previous registration has been deactivated?

Please check the list of previously registered voters on the website of Philippine foreign service post near you. If you are on the list, then you have to reactivate your registration in person, subject to the requirements stated above.

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