The Indian voter ID card is issued by the Election Commission of India. Its main purpose is as identity proof while casting votes. It also serves as general identity proof, address proof, and age proof for casting votes as well as for other purposes such as buying a mobile phone SIM or applying for a passport. It is also known as Electoral Photo ID Card (EPIC).
The voter card is issued to all Indian citizens who have attained the age of 18 years and qualify to be a voter. One has to apply on prescribed Form-6 of Election Commission attached with proof of ID, Indian nationality, age and residence.
Bankrupt and mentally sick people over 18 years do not qualify to vote, therefore it is not issued to them. Applicants have to submit paper Form-6 to their municipal corporation / cantonment board of the area. Applicants can also apply online on the website of the chief electoral officer given for that State.
A voter identification card offers a number of advantages:
The voter identification card has a number of disadvantages: