iRehistro: How Filipino Voters Can Register Online

Did you know that on May 15, 2015, the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) launched a groundbreaking initiative known as iREHISTRO? This online application form accomplishment and submission system marked a significant leap forward in voter registration for Filipino citizens. If you’re a Filipino citizen, at least 18 years old by May 9, 2016, and not disqualified by law, this system provided an accessible way to prepare for the 2016 Presidential Elections.

The iREHISTRO system was designed to simplify the voter registration process for overseas voters. Instead of spending longer periods at the Embassy or Consulate in person or a registration venue, Filipino registrants could now use this innovative online system. Its primary goal was to reduce the time and effort required for registrants to complete their voter registration applications. If it’s your first time to vote or have only learned about this platform just now, keep on reading.

How to Start Your Voter Registration Online with iRehistro
Credits: COMELEC

What is iREHISTRO?

iREHISTRO provides a streamlined solution for Filipino citizens seeking to participate in the voter registration process.

Unlike a full online registration system, its primary purpose is to facilitate the completion of the OVF1 form with a QR code.

This innovative approach simplifies the initial steps of voter registration by allowing users to input their necessary information electronically.

After this, users are prompted to save a PDF copy of the accomplished OVF1 form on their device and subsequently print it on A4-sized paper.

This printed document, bearing the QR code, serves as their OVF1 form, which must be submitted in person at the nearest OV registration site for further processing, adhering to the provisions of Sec. 6 of Republic Act No. 10590.

It’s important to note that iREHISTRO prioritizes user privacy, as no personal data is stored or retained on any server after the form generation process.

However, if the system-generated PDF file is lost or deleted, users will need to repeat the process to generate another OVF1 form.

Advantages of Using iREHISTRO

Aside from convenience, there are several notable advantages to using iREHISTRO in the context of voter registration for Filipino citizens, both locally and abroad:

Efficient Time Management

  • iREHISTRO significantly reduces the time required for voter registration.
  • By allowing users to input their information electronically, it eliminates the need for time-consuming visits to registration venues.
  • This efficiency is especially beneficial for busy individuals or those residing far from registration sites.

Accessibility for Overseas Voters

  • iREHISTRO is particularly valuable for overseas Filipino voters.
  • It enables them to engage in the registration process without the need to physically visit an embassy or consulate, making it more accessible for Filipinos living abroad who wish to exercise their voting rights.

Reduced Bureaucratic Hurdles

  • Traditional voter registration processes can sometimes involve complex paperwork and bureaucratic procedures.
  • iREHISTRO simplifies this by providing a user-friendly digital interface, reducing the likelihood of errors and making the registration process smoother.

Data Privacy Assurance

  • iREHISTRO places a strong emphasis on data privacy.
  • The system does not save or retain any personal data on servers after the form generation process.
  • This commitment to data security ensures that users’ information remains confidential and protected.

Convenient Reprint Option

  • In the event that users lose or delete their system-generated PDF file, iREHISTRO offers the convenience of generating another OVF1 form.
  • This feature reduces the stress associated with the potential loss of crucial registration documents.


  1. Filipino Citizenship: iREHISTRO is exclusively for Filipino citizens. To use this system, you must be a Filipino national.
  2. Age Requirement: You must be at least 18 years old by the date of the upcoming election. For example, if you plan to vote in the 2022 election, you should be at least 18 years old by the election date.
  3. Not Disqualified by Law: Individuals who are disqualified from voting under Philippine law are not eligible to use iREHISTRO. Disqualifications can include criminal convictions, certain legal judgments, and other legal restrictions. Ensure that you meet the legal requirements to vote.


  1. Access to a Device: To use iREHISTRO, you need access to a computer, smartphone, or tablet with an internet connection. This will enable you to access the online system and complete the necessary forms.
  2. Personal Information: Prepare all the required personal information and documents, including your full name, date of birth, address, and relevant identification documents (e.g., passport, government-issued ID, or birth certificate). You’ll need these details to complete the voter registration application.
  3. A4-Sized Paper and Printer: After completing the online registration process, you must print the system-generated PDF file, which contains the accomplished OVF1 form with a QR code. Make sure you have access to an A4-sized paper and a working printer.
  4. OV Registration Site Information: You’ll need to know the location of the nearest Overseas Voting (OV) registration site where you plan to submit your printed OVF1 form. This information is crucial for the final step of the registration process.

It’s essential to meet the qualifications and have all the necessary requirements in place before using iREHISTRO. By doing so, you can ensure a hassle-free and successful voter registration process, whether you’re an overseas voter or a resident of the Philippines, and make your voice heard in the democratic process.

iREHISTRO Process Overview

The process involves filling out the Voters Registration Application Form online, and once completed, the applicant simply needs to present the printed form to the OV Operator.

The final step includes having their biometrics taken and completing the registration process efficiently and conveniently.

Step-by-Step Guide to Using iREHISTRO

Step 1: Accomplish a Voter Registration Form

New registrations and reactivation of registrations, both local and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), must first complete the Voter Registration form before proceeding to your local COMELEC office or Philippine Embassy.

  1. Online Application or Registration on iRehistro:
  2. Open any web browser and go to this link: iREHISTRO
  3. You will be redirected to COMELEC’s official website. Carefully select whether you are a local or overseas applicant.
  4. A disclaimer notice will appear; read it carefully and click “continue” once done.
  5. You will be asked to specify the type of application you are registering for (new registration, reactivation, change or updating details, or transfer of record). Click “Registration” if you are a new registrant.
  6. You will be directed to the Voter Registration Forms. Input your personal details, ensuring that all information is filled out accurately. Double-check all details before proceeding.
  7. Once all forms are completed, set an appointment for biometrics and the submission of forms to your local COMELEC office.
  8. A PDF file will be generated; save it to your computer and print three (3) copies.
  9. Printed Copies: If you are unable to complete the online registration, you have the option to print out the forms and manually fill them. Print three (3) copies of the Voter Registration Form on legal-sized bond paper and accurately fill out all your personal details. You can obtain a copy of this form on or at your nearest Embassy or Consulate.

Step 2: Prepare All the Requirements

Before going to your local COMELEC office, ensure that you have prepared all the necessary requirements for a smooth registration process.

1. Three (3) copies of the filled-out Voter Registration Form.

2. One (1) valid ID and provide a photocopy of the ID you will present. The ID must indicate your current address. Valid government IDs include:



– Driver’s License,

– Senior Citizen ID,

– Postal ID,


– Passport,

– NBI Clearance,

– Certificate of Confirmation from the NCIP, and

– School ID.

3. Bring your own ballpoint pen and wear a facemask and face shield. Follow the health protocols and maintain social distancing within the COMELEC premises.

Step 3: Visit Your Local COMELEC Office for the Submission of Requirements and Biometrics

COMELEC offices are typically open from Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The acceptance of appointments may vary by location—some accept online appointments, while others accept walk-in applicants. Coordinate with your nearest Embassy or Consulate for announcements and notices.

Upon arrival, register and receive a number or proceed to the waiting line. Complete the Health Declaration Form provided upon entering the premises, as needed.

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The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has given the green light to internet voting for registered overseas voters in the upcoming 2025 national and local elections.

Comelec Chairman George Garcia emphasizes the aim of increasing voter turnout, as the previous election recorded a modest 39 percent participation rate among overseas voters.

With a budget of P411 million invested, this move seeks to explore a more accessible and efficient way for overseas Filipinos to cast their votes, moving away from traditional methods like voting in person or via mail.

Learn more about this innovation’s implications and the roadmap for the exciting venture into electronic voting for overseas Filipinos by watching the entire clip.

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