Register to vote
If you want to vote in elections and referendums you must be registered and on the electoral register.
You only need to register to vote once and you don't need to register separately for every election.
You must register again if you've changed address, name or nationality.
To check if you are already registered, please contact us at electoral services:
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- phone: 020 8359 5577 (we may need to ask you questions to check your identity)
Who can register to vote
You must be:
- 18 years of age or over on polling day
- a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the European Union
- resident in the UK
- not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote
You can't vote if you:
- are not a British, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizen
- are a convicted person detained in pursuance of your sentence, excluding contempt of court (though remand prisoners, un-convicted prisoners and civil prisoners can vote if they are on the electoral register)
- have been found guilty within the previous five years of corrupt or illegal practices in connection with an election
How to register to vote
You will need your:
- date of birth
- National Insurance number
Verifying who you are after registration
When you apply to join the register, your personal details will be verified against other records held by central government before you are added to the register.
If you cannot be verified this way then you may be asked to provide additional documentary evidence (for example a copy of your Passport or Driving Licence) before you are registered to vote – which may mean there is a delay before you are added to the register of electors.
Registering to vote without a permanent address
Please contact us to get assistance with registering to vote:
Phone: 020 8359 5577
Support for people with learning disabilities
You can get help with voting on the Every Vote Counts website.
The easy read guide to voting explains how to register to vote as well as the different types of voting. It was written by Mencap with the Electoral Commission.
Voter registration, moving home and Council Tax
Your electoral registration does not automatically renew if you change address. You must complete a new application to register at your new address. Register online at GOV.UK
Registering for Council Tax at your new address does not update your electoral registration details. The law requires you complete separate applications for both.
Voting as a student
Students can register to vote at their term-time address, their home address or both. However, you can only vote once in the same election. Register online at GOV.UK