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How to Apply for a Colour Voter ID in India?

Voter ID is issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI). It is issued to all the eligible citizens of the country over the age of 18 years. The voter card is issued for life and is valid for the lifetime of the voter. However, the voter can apply for any changes in the voter card by filling the requisite form either online or offline by visiting the nearest Local Electoral Office.

The voter ID issued by the ECI has traditionally been in the black and white form and has the following information about the voter.

  • Name
  • Photo
  • House address
  • D.O.B
  • Unique serial number
  • Seal of the issuing authority

The ECI has recently launched a colour version of the voter ID. These voter IDs are available in a new and redesigned form. The background of these cards includes the colour scheme of our tricolor along with the coloured photograph of the card holder.

The new colour Voter ID cards are available in new crisp plastic form at the Local Electoral Office to all the existing voters at a nominal fee of just Rs. 30. New applicants are issued the coloured voter ID upon new application or application for any modifications in the existing voter ID.

Documents Required for Applying for a Colour Voter ID

  • Identity Proof
  • Following are the documents that can be provided as identity proof.

    • Aadhaar Card
    • PAN Card
    • Ration Card
    • Passport
  • Address Proof
  • Following are the documents that can be provided as address proof.

    • Aadhaar Card
    • Passport
    • Utility Bills
    • Latest bank statement
    • PAN Card
    • Driving License
    • Government-issued service card
    • Public sector bank passbook
    • Rental/ Lease Agreement or Property Document with deed and photograph
    • Arm’s License
    • SC/ ST/ OBC official document
  • Age Proof
    • Birth Certificate
    • Driving License
    • Aadhaar Card
    • Passport
    • SSLC Certificate
    • Any other similar documents
  • Two recent passport size photographs in colour with a white background.

Procedure to Obtain Coloured Voter ID

The voters can apply for a colour voter ID either online or offline and can receive the colour voter ID within 45-60 days of the application. Check out how to apply for a colour voter ID below:

A. Online Application

Here are the steps to follow for new applicants:

  • The first step is to visit the NVSP (National Voters Service Portal) website - www.nvsp.in and click ‘Apply online to register as a new voter’
  • Next, the applicant will have to fill in all the required details on the application form and follow the procedure mentioned online
  • The applicant will be able to track the status of his/her Voter ID in many ways like via SMS, Helpline or email

*All new applicants are issued a colour voter ID by default.

For Existing Voter ID Holders:

  • The first step here as well is to visit the official website of the Chief Electoral Officer, pertaining to the state of the applicant
  • Next, the applicant will have to click on the link for registration to get a new color voter ID.
  • The applicant is then required to enter all the relevant details like name, address, ward number, etc. and submit them 
  • The website will ask to authenticate the application via a verification code that will be sent to the applicant’s mobile number 
  • The Voter ID will be mailed to the applicant’s house via post within 45-60 days

B. Offline Mode

  • Voters can also apply for a colour voter ID offline by visiting the nearest Local Electoral office and applying there directly.
  • The applicant will have to submit the necessary documents and passport size photographs along with the application to complete the application process.
  • The documents submitted along with the application will be subject to verification. Once verified, the applicant is issued a colour voter ID card.
  • The applicant can collect the colour Voter ID from the said Electoral office or it can be sent to the address of the applicant within 45-60 days.

Key Points to Remember while Applying for a Colour Voter ID

Some of the key points that the applicants have to remember while applying for a colour voter ID are mentioned below.

  • The applicant must hold a valid and active mobile connection and an email id which will be used for verification or authenticating at the time of application.
  • The background of the photographs provided at the time of application has to mandatorily be white.
  • Upon registration the applicant has a window of 15 days to make any changes to the application or correct any errors.

The applicant also has to make sure that the application is complete before submitting the same in order to start the further process of verification. The colour voter ID will be issued by the Booth Level Officer after due verification of the application and all the documents submitted along with it.

If there are any discrepancies or if the application is incomplete, the application will be rejected and the applicant will have to make a fresh application for the colour voter card.

FAQs – Colour Voter ID

1. Is the colour voter ID same as the earlier version of the voter ID?

Yes. The colour voter ID is the same as its earlier version. The only difference is that it is in colour while the previous version was in black and white.

2. What is the information that can be found on the voter ID?

The Voter ID of a card holder contains the following information about the voter.

  • Name
  • Photo
  • House address
  • D.O.B
  • Unique serial number
  • Seal of the issuing authority

3. Is the colour Voter ID available free of charge?

No. The colour Voter ID is available at a nominal fee of Rs. 30.

4. How long does it take to receive the colour voter ID card?

The applicant can receive the new colour Voter ID at the address provided by them within 45-60 days of submitting the application and the required documents.

5. What should be the colour of the background of the photograph to be submitted for the colour voter ID?

The background of the photograph for the colour Voter ID should mandatorily be white in colour.

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