It's important to be registered to vote, find out more below.
To check if you're already registered to vote, please use
our contact form External.
Being on the electoral register to vote increases your chances of getting applications for credit or a mortgage accepted. Everyone is responsible for registering themselves, please note that you will need to provide your national insurance number.
You can register to vote if you are 17 years old (and in some cases if you are 16). However, you can only vote when you become 18.
You qualify to register to vote if you are:
- a British citizen
- an EU citizen resident in the UK
- a qualifying Commonwealth citizen* resident in the UK
Register to vote onlineExternal link
*A qualifying Commonwealth citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK, or does not require such leave.
If you are a student you can visit the
About My Vote website for information on how to register to vote.
You may also wish to
register for a postal vote, or to apply for someone to vote for you -
register for a proxy vote.
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.
To find out more abpout how you can register anonymously, please read
our guide (PDF, 258KB).
If you are an overseas voter you can register in the same way as normal using the above button, you will need your passport number and the address of where you were last registered to vote in the UK. An overseas registration lasts for a year and so will need to renewed annually.
Once you have registered you can then apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote.
Registering to vote with a learning disability
People with a learning disability have the same right to vote as everyone else. The Cabinet Office have produced a step-by-step, easy read guide to registering to vote, for people with a learning disability. This guide is an example of an application to register to vote.
GOV.UK - Registering to vote: easy read guide
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