To vote in elections and referendums you must be on the electoral register.

To register you must be 16 or over (but you can’t vote until you’re 18 years old), and one of the following:

  • a British citizen
  • a Irish or EU citizen living in the UK
  • a qualifying Commonwealth citizen living in the UK

You can register online on the GOV.UK website:

If you are unable to register online, contact us using the details on this page so that we can help or give you a form to complete. 

You do not need to register before every election.

After you have registered you will get a letter or email from us within 10 days confirming that you are registered, or asking you for more information.

If you move house you should register again using your new address. 

Special types of registration 

There are special provisions for the electoral registration of some people including members of the armed forces and their partners, and British citizens living abroad. GOV.UK has more information.

Anonymous registration 

For confidential advice and information about anonymous electoral registration, email or call us using the contact details on this page.

Check if you are already registered 

To check whether you are on the register you can: 

Opting out 

If you want to opt out of the open register you can visit our electoral and open register page.

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