Check if you’re registered to vote and how to get proof, and find out how to register.
To check if you're already registered to vote, please use our contact form.
If you need official confirmation that you are registered to vote for a mortgage, loan or credit agreement, or similar, we can send you an official letter. Please specify this when you contact us.
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If you do not register at all, this may affect your ability to get credit as well as meaning you will not be able to vote and you may be fined.
How to register
You can register to vote online or by post. Once you have registered, you will receive a letter of confirmation around the first working day of the next month.
To register to vote you must be aged 16 or over and one of the following:
- a British citizen
- an EU citizen resident in the UK
- a qualifying Commonwealth citizen* resident in the UK
* a qualifying Commonwealth citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK, or does not require such leave. See the GOV.UK guidance for a full list of
Commonwealth countries external link.
Register to vote online using the GOV.UK website. You will need to provide your national insurance number.
Register to vote online External link
If you can't register online you can find and download a paper form on GOV.UK. Easy read, accessible and different language versions are available.
Register to vote if you're living in the UK external link
Register to vote if you're living abroad external link
Register to vote as a Crown Servant or British Council employee external link
Register to vote if you haven't got a fixed or permanent address external link
Register to vote anonymously external link
Register to vote if you're in the armed forces external link
Print off, complete and return to:
Leeds City Council
PO Box 898
Registering to vote at more than one address
People are usually registered at one address only, which they consider to be their permanent home address. If you are living somewhere temporarily but have a permanent address, you should register at the permanent address.
Students can register to vote at both home and term-time addresses. If your home and university addresses are in two different local authority areas, you can vote in local elections in both areas.
However, even if you are registered in two areas – at home and at university – you can only vote in one at a general election.
It is a criminal offence to vote twice in a UK general election.
If you are going to be away from your registered address during an election you may also wish to
register for a postal vote, or to
apply for someone to vote for you.
Registering to vote without a fixed address
Voting if you move or live abroad
You can register as an overseas voter if you are a British citizen.
If you want to vote in England you can apply to register by using the above button.
Renewing your registration
Once your application has been approved you will be registered for up to 3 years. You will get a reminder when it's time to renew.
If you do not renew your registration, you will be removed from the register and must make a fresh application in order to vote again.
Voting if you're registered as an overseas voter
You can vote in UK Parliament elections.
You may be able to vote in referendums. Each referendum has different rules on who can vote in it.
You can apply to vote by post or proxy online by using the links below:
Learning disabilities and registering to vote
Changing your details
If you need to change your personal details, for example to change your address, correct a spelling mistake or change your name, you need to
re-register with the correct details through the national registration site external link. You will need your national insurance number to hand.
Electoral and open registers
If you would like to know more about the registers we keep or if you want to opt out of the open register, see the
Electoral and Open Register page.
Information we'll hold about you
We have a statutory obligation to retain certain information about you. To find out more detail about this please read our