Everyone who is over the age of 16 and eligible to be registered is required by law to be on the electoral register. You must register even if you don’t want to vote.
Once you are registered you will be able to vote in elections or referendums if you choose. Your name and address will also appear on the electoral register.
How to register
You can register to vote on GOV.UK. You will need to provide your:
- date of birth
- National Insurance number
Your National Insurance number can be found on your payslip, a P45 or P60 or on letters about tax or benefits. If you still can’t find it, visit GOV.UK to request it.
If you are already on the electoral register but want to tell us that you have moved, you should also use the register to vote form. Include both your new address and, where requested, your previous address.
When moving between addresses, please make sure that everyone in the household completes a new registration. This includes children over the age of 16. This makes sure that details aren’t left showing at the old address.
We will action your request to move on the next working day. Once your new registration has taken effect you will be removed from the register at your old address.
If you're unable to register online, you can download paper voter registration forms.
Check if you are registered to vote
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to check whether you are registered to vote. We aim to respond within 5 working days.
Deadline for registering to vote in an election
To be registered to vote in an election, you must make your application by the end of the 12th working day before polling day.