Register to vote

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

By post

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.

Paper forms

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:

Electoral Services
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

You can register to vote even if you do not have a fixed address.                        

To register, you need to give an address where you would be living if it were not for your current situation or an address where you have lived in the past. If you are homeless, you can give details of where you spend a substantial part of your time.                       

Find out more about electoral registration for someone with no fixed or permanent address on GOV.UK External link.                        

Anonymous registration

Anonymous registration was set up to help individuals whose safety would be at risk (or where the safety of other people at the same address as them would be at risk) if their name or address was listed on the electoral register – for example a person who has fled domestic abuse.                       

If you are registered anonymously your name and address will not appear on the electoral register.                       

Find out more about anonymous voting registration on GOV.UK External link.                        

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

People with a learning disability have the same right to vote as everyone else. View a step-by-step, easy read guide to registering to vote for people with a learning disability on GOV.UK external link. This guide is an example of an application to register 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

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