Register to vote

Registering to vote

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.

Northern Ireland

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.

Further information

More 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.

Voting systems in the UK

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