Key Dates

September/October
Local Authorities should distribute registration forms to all households.

November 1st
Draft Register Published. This incorporates all amendments, which have been received up to that date. The Draft Register is available for inspection at County Council Offices, Libraries, Post Offices and Garda Stations. It is advisable for everybody to check the Draft Register at this stage so as to ensure that they are on the Register and that their details are correct. As a new Register is prepared each year, being on the Register before does not guarantee that you will be included in the new Register.

Claims – Claims for additions, deletions and/or amendments to the Draft Register must be submitted to the local authority by 25th November

November 25th
Final date for checking draft register

November 25 to February 1st
Continue to use usual registration forms (RFA)

February 1st

Full Register Published

February 15th
Register comes into force

The Live Register is available for inspection at County Council Offices, Libraries, Post Offices and Garda Stations. This Live Register is then used at every election and/or Referendum held in the following 12 months.

February 15th until 15 working days before polling day:

Supplementary Registration form (RFA2) (Green in Colour) is used – this needs to be witnessed by a Garda. The Closing Date for receipt of Applications for the Supplement to the Register of Electors is published in local Newspapers in the run up to any Election and/or Referendum.
Supplementary Change of Address (RFA3) (Pink in Colour) is used - A person who is on the Live Register in one County but who is now resident in another County may apply to be entered in the Supplement to the Register of Electors in the County where he/she is now resident. Also, a person who has moved within the County between Local Electoral Areas may apply to be entered in the Supplement to the Register of Electors for the Local Electoral Area in which they are now resident. This RFA 3 form also needs to be witnessed at Garda Station.

Day before polling day – Supplementary register published

Persons may check their details by logging on to www.checktheregister.ie
This allows people to check if their name is on the current Register of Electors and that Registration Details are correct.


Information from Electoral Register is never sent to
Dept. of Social and Family Affairs*