Overseas Voting

Legal Basis

Under Republic Act No. 9189, as amended by Republic Act No. 10590, all citizens of the Philippines or dual citizens residing abroad, who are not disqualified by law, and at least 18 years of age by 9 May 2022, may register as an Overseas Voter and vote for President, Vice-President, Senators, and Party-List Representatives in the 2022 national elections.


  1. At least eighteen (18) years of age on or before the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections;
  2. A resident of the Philippines for at least one (1) year and in the place wherein s/he proposes to vote, for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections; and
  3. Not otherwise disqualified by law.

Any person who has not reached the required voting age or period of residence on the day of registration but will possess such qualifications on or before the May 9, 2022 National and Local Elections, may register as a voter. However, the reception of their applications shall commence only on May 10, 2021 (at least one year prior to election day).


  1. Any person who has been sentenced by final judgment to suffer imprisonment for not less than one (1) year, such disability not having been removed by plenary pardon or amnesty;
  2. Any person who has been adjudged by final judgment by a competent court or tribunal of having committed any crime involving disloyalty to the duly-constituted government, such as, rebellion, insurrection, violation of the firearms laws, or any crime against national security unless restored to his/her full civil and political rights in accordance with law; and
  3. Insane or incompetent person as declared by competent authority unless subsequently declared by proper authority that such person is no longer insane or incompetent.

Any person disqualified to register under paragraphs (a) and (b) above shall automatically reacquire the right to register and vote after the expiration of five (5) year service of sentence.

Where to Register?

All qualified Filipino citizens who are not registered overseas voters may file their applications for registration at the nearest Embassy or Consulate General, or other registration centers authorized by the Commission on Elections.

How to Register?

To register, all applicants must personally appear at the Consulate General, or during a consular outreach mission, to present the following requirements prior to biometrics capturing:

  1.     Fully accomplished OV Form 1.
  2.     Valid Philippine passport;
  3.     Proof of Filipino citizenship (e.g. green card);
  4.     Copy of Oath of Allegiance (for dual citizens);
  5.     Copy of Seaman’s Book (for seafarer)

When to Register?

Qualified persons may apply for registration (or certification) to vote during the 9 May 2022 elections from 16 December 2019 to 30 September 2021.

Requests for Transfer of Registration Records (for those who previously registered at a different Foreign Service Post) may be filed at Posts or before the Office for Overseas Voting (OFOV) of the COMELEC during the registration period.