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About the "Enrol" option

Enrolling to vote is easy using our online services, and can be done in one of two ways:
 

Fill out an enrolment form online and sign a printed copy

You can fill out an enrolment form online, then sign a printed copy and send it back to us.

  1. Fill out the online enrolment form.
  2. Check your details are correct and submit the form.
  3. Choose whether to:
    • download and print your completed form
    • get an email with your completed form for you to print
    • have us post a printed copy to you
  4. Sign the printed copy of your completed form.
  5. Return your form to us

Note: when completing the enrolment form you can choose to register for electronic updates to your enrolment details. If you've already done this click "Login" at the top of the page.

Use your verified RealMe® account

If you have a verified RealMe® account, you can complete the whole enrolment process online.

We’ll post you a letter confirming that you’re enrolled.

 

RealMe® is an online service that lets you access multiple online services with one username and password, and securely prove who you are online.

About RealMe®

About the "Check your enrolment" option

There are two ways you can check your enrolment details:

Search for your details online

Use this option to search, review, and update your enrolment details if you haven't already registered to update your details online.

 

  •  Enter your full name, date of birth, and address into the search form
  •  Check your enrolment details are correct.
  •  That is all you need to do if your details are correct
    OR
    if you need to make a change you can update your enrolment details online.

Use RealMe®

If you have previously registered to use your RealMe acccount on this website, use the "Login" link at the top of the page to check or update your enrolment details.

 

  •  Login with RealMe.
  •  Check your enrolment detail are correct.
  •  That is all you need to do if your details are correct
    OR
    if you need to make a change you can update your enrolment details online.

 

RealMe® is an online service that lets you access multiple online services with one username and password, and securely prove who you are online.

About RealMe®

About: Sign and return a form

Complete form online, sign and return

Use this option if you don't have a verified RealMe account or if you prefer to sign and return a form.

 

  •  Fill out the online enrolment form with your personal details. You can choose to receive your completed form via download, email, or in the post.
  •  Check and sign the form.
  •  Return your enrolment form by scanning and uploading to our website OR by Freepost in the mail.
  • Note: When completing the enrolment form you can choose to register for electronic updates to your enrolment details. If you've already done this then you can click the "Login" link at the top of the page.

Prove your identity with RealMe®

If you have a RealMe account and you have completed the process to verify your identity, then you may choose to complete the enrolment process online.

 

RealMe® is an online service that lets you access multiple online services with one username and password, and securely prove who you are online.

About RealMe®

About: Proving your identity with RealMe

Use your verified RealMe® account

If you have a verified RealMe account you can complete the enrolment or update process online.

 

  •  Choose "Prove my identity" with RealMe®, and log into your account.
  •  Complete the enrolment form, and check your details are correct.
  •  Submit your enrolment - the Electoral Commission will send you written confirmation of your enrolment in the post.
  • Note: If you have not verified your RealMe® account, but you have registered to use it on the Elections web site then you should use the "Login" link at the top of the page.

Complete form online, sign and return

If you don't have a verified RealMe® account then you must choose the option to sign and return a form. However, you can still opt-in to do any future updates online using your RealMe login.

 

RealMe® is an online service that lets you access multiple online services with one username and password, and securely prove who you are online.

About RealMe®

About: Personal details

We need to know your name and date of birth to identify you for voting purposes. Providing your occupation can help to identify your details on the roll more quickly on election day.

Please use your full name as this helps us to distinguish between people with similar names.

If you only have one name, please enter it in the 'Surname' box.

We need to know if you are of Māori descent to determine if you are eligible to choose to enrol in a Māori electorate.

About: Tūhono

Tūhono is a service which allows Māori adults to be registered with their iwi and for iwi to establish and maintain reliable and up-to-date registers of their members.

If you choose to register your iwi affiliation by returning a Tūhono form, we will provide up-to-date contact information to the iwi and Māori organisations you nominate when you update your enrolment details. This only happen if Tūhono receives consent from you.

About: Address details

We need to know the address where you usually live so that we can determine where you qualify to vote.

If you haven't been living at your current address for a month or more, we'll ask you to provide a previous address as you will qualify to vote at the address where you most recently lived for one month or more.

If you are a student studying away from home you can enrol to vote at the address where you regard as your home.

Live Overseas?

If you live overseas, you will still be eligible to enrol in the electorate where you last lived for at least one month if:

  • you are a New Zealand citizen who has been in New Zealand within the past three years; or
  • you are a permanent resident of New Zealand who has been in New Zealand within the past 12 months.

About: Postal address

You can choose to have mail from the Electoral Commission sent somewhere other than your residential address.

If you live overseas, you can have your electoral mail sent to your overseas address.

About: Electronic updates

If you wish to update your enrolment details online you must first opt-in by answering 'Yes' to this question and then provide your email address.

After we receive and process your enrolment form, we will write to you to provide information on how to link your RealMe login to your enrolment details.

If you don't already have a RealMe login (formerly known as "igovt logon") you will be able to create one as part of the registration process. You will be able to use the same RealMe login for accessing other online services.

You can use this option to register for electronic updates even if you don't have a verified RealMe account.

 

RealMe® is an online service that lets you access multiple online services with one username and password, and securely prove who you are online.

About RealMe®

About: Contact details

We need to have at least one phone number in case we need to contact you to clarify any details of your application.

About: Voting While Overseas

Updating your enrolment details can take up to three working days.

If you are intending to vote while overseas in the upcoming election, please tick the "do you intend to vote from overseas" box

We will send you an email notification once your enrolment changes have been processed and will provide you with information on how to vote from overseas.

When enrolling using your verified RealMe account, you must confirm the numbered points listed in the declaration section and tick the appropriate box to apply to enrol in either a General electorate or a Māori electorate. You must be of Māori descent in order to select the Māori electorate option.

If you are already enrolled (for example at a previous address), we will update your existing enrolment details. An update cannot include a switch between Māori and General rolls outside of the Māori Electoral Option period.