How to Enrol
Are you eligible to vote in New Zealand?
You’re eligible to enrol and vote if you are 18 years or older, a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, and you’ve lived in New Zealand continuously for 12 months or more at some time in your life.
For electoral purposes, you are a permanent resident if you’re in New Zealand legally and not required to leave within a specific time.
You’re not eligible to enrol and vote if any of the following statements are true:
- you’re a New Zealand citizen who has not been in New Zealand within the last 6 years
- you’re a permanent resident of New Zealand who has not been in New Zealand within the last 3 years
- you have to leave New Zealand by a set date, such as a date on a student, work, or visitor permit
- you're serving a prison sentence of 3 years or more in a New Zealand prison
- you’ve been in a psychiatric hospital for over 3 years after being charged with a criminal offence
- you’ve been convicted of a corrupt practice and added to the Corrupt Practices List
After the 2023 General Election the eligibility criteria for people living overseas will change back to the previous settings of 3 years for New Zealand citizens and 12 months for New Zealand permanent residents.
If you’re unsure about your eligibility, call the Electoral Commission on 0800 36 76 56 or Contact the Electoral Commission enrolment team
Do you want to enrol, check or update your enrolment?
Visit the Electoral Commission's webpage below to check whether you are correctly enrolled, to update your details, or to enrol for the first time.