If you want to vote in elections and referendums you must be on the electoral register. You only need to register once - you don't need to register separately for every election.
- You must register again if you've changed address, name or nationality.
- You are not automatically registered to vote even if you have registered to pay council tax.
To check whether you are already registered, please contact Electoral Services:
Phone: 020 8359 5577 (we may need to ask you questions to check your identity).
Register to vote
You will need:
- Your date of birth
- Your National Insurance number
When you apply to join the register, your personal details will have to 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 before your application is successful – which may mean there is a delay before you are added to the register of electors.
Who can vote
To vote in an election you must be registered, 18 years or over on polling day in England and Wales, and also be one of the following:
- 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 cannot 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
Service voters - Members of the armed forces and their partners may register as service voters but must register online annually, or they can now register as ordinary electors.
Crown servants - Crown servants working abroad and their partners can register online.
Overseas electors - British Citizens living abroad can register online. They can remain registered for up to 15 years after they last appeared on the register of electors in the United Kingdom.
Students - You can register online to vote at your term-time address, home address or both. However, you can only vote once in the same election.
If you don't have 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.
More information about voting
More information about individual electoral registration is available on the Electoral Commission website.
When you apply to join the register, your personal details will have to be verified against other records held by central government before you are added to the register.
If you cannot be verified this way you may be asked to provide more evidence, which could delay you being added to the register of electors.
Voter registration and moving home
Your electoral registration does not automatically renew if you change address. You must complete a new application to register at your new address. You can do this online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Registering for Council Tax at your new address does not update your electoral registration details. The law requires you complete separate applications for both.
Council Tax registration and voter registration
Even if you are registered to pay council tax, you are not automatically registered to vote. To register to vote, please visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
If you’ve registered to vote but haven't had any confirmation
Please email Electoral Services on email@example.com on phone 020 8359 5577.
If your registered name needs to be amended (e.g. due to a change through marriage or via deed poll)
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org confirming your change of name, and address. Please also provide documentary evidence such as your marriage certificate or deed poll certificate.
You do not have to vote if you are registered
Although the law states that you must return registration information when requested to do so, there is no obligation on you to vote. It is your choice, but voting at elections enables you to influence who makes important decisions on your behalf.
Voting as a student
Students may register to vote at their term-time address, their home address or both. However, you can only vote once in the same election. Register here www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
You only need to register once, not for every election
You only need to register once - you don’t need to register separately for every election. You must register again if you’ve changed address, name or nationality.
If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote, please email email@example.com or phone 020 8359 5577 for more information.