Register to vote

You need to be on the electoral register in order to vote in UK elections and referendums. The electoral register is a list of names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in the UK.

How to get on the electoral register

To be on the electoral register you will need to complete a register to vote form and send it to your local electoral registration office.

When can you register?

You can register to vote at any point throughout the year. A register to vote form can be obtained from you local electoral registration office or from the Electoral Commission website. You should be aware that there is a deadline for registering to vote which is determined by when the elections are held.

Who can register?

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 16 years old or over (but cannot vote until you are 18 years old)

  • a British citizen

  • an Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen who is resident in the UK

Citizens of the European Union who are not Commonwealth citizens can vote in European and local elections in the UK, but are not able to vote in UK Parliamentary general elections.

Further information on how to register to vote and register to vote forms can be found on the Electoral Commission website:

Related information

Electoral Commission

The Electoral Commission is an independent body, accountable directly to the UK Parliament, that regulates elections in the UK, promotes voter awareness and works to build confidence in the electoral process.

Referendum on electing MPs

Find out more about the referendum on changing the voting system used to elect MPs to the House of Commons that will take place on Thursday 5 May 2011.

Voting systems in the UK

Find out what voting systems are used to elect the House of Commons, Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly, Northern Ireland Assembly, European Parliament and local authorities in the UK.