Register to vote

Why should I register to vote?

You cannot vote in UK elections if you are not registered to vote. You may also experience difficulties when applying for a mortgage or other forms of credit, including opening bank accounts and applying for a mobile phone contract. Credit reference agencies use the electoral register when assessing a persons credit worthiness.

You only need to register if you are not already registered.

Who can register to vote?

  • anyone aged 16 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18);
  • British or qualifying Commonwealth citizens. This means Commonwealth citizens who have permission to remain in the UK or do not require such permission; and
  • Citizens of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member states.

Citizens of EU countries other than the UK, the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta can't vote in UK Parliamentary general elections, but can vote at local government elections. They can also vote at European Parliamentary elections if they fill in a form stating that they wish to vote in the UK and not in their home country.

You can also use this service to inform us if:

  • you've changed your name;
  • your name is spelt incorrectly on the electoral register; or
  • you've moved house.

 

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More info about the journey

You'll need your National Insurance number. 

 

You will be taken to the GOV.UK site where you can complete your application to vote in elections.

 

You can also Register by post.

Public servants posted overseas

There are separate registration services for public servants who are likely to be posted overseas:

 

When this content has been updated

Last updated 9 June 2017