In order to vote in UK elections and referendums you need to be on the electoral register. The electoral register is a list of names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in the UK.
How to register to vote
England, Scotland and Wales
To register to vote in England, Scotland and Wales you can use the online service.
You can also register by post. Registration forms can be found on the GOV.UK site. Completed forms should be printed off and sent to your local Electoral Registration Office.
Alternatively you can contact your local Electoral Registration Office and ask them to post a form to you.
To register to vote, update your address or name, you will need to print off the Electoral Registration Form, complete and sign it, then return it to your Area Electoral Office.
When can you register
You can register at any time throughout the year as the register is updated every month. This is useful if you move house and need to register at your new address.
Although you can register at any time, you should be aware that if you are seeking to vote in specific elections, there will be registration deadlines which will be determined by when those elections are held.
Who can register
You can register to vote if you are:
- 16 years old or over (but you 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.
More information on how to register to vote and register to vote forms can be found on the Electoral Commission website.