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Registering to vote and the electoral register

To vote in an election or referendum, you must be on the electoral register. 

Your vote matters, make sure you’re in

How do I register to vote?

It should only take you a few minutes to register to vote. You can now register to vote online.

Register to vote online

Registering to vote in Northern Ireland?

Visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website

Who can register to vote?

  • Anyone aged 16 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18).
  • British or qualifying Commonwealth citizens. This means Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or do not require such leave.
  • Citizens of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member states.

How do I change my name on the electoral register?

In England, Scotland and Wales you will need to complete a change of name form and provide proof of your change of name, such as a marriage or civil partnership certificate, an amended birth certificate, or deed poll.

For further information you should contact your local electoral registration office. You can find their contact details by entering your postcode on About my vote.

How do I change my address on the electoral register?

When you move you need to re-register to your new address.

If you want to register to vote in England, Scotland or Wales, you can register online any time at gov.uk/register-to-vote. To register to vote in Northern Ireland, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website.

Am I registered to vote?

If you would like to find out if you are registered you will need to contact your Electoral Registration Officer. You can find their details by entering your postcode on About my vote.

Searching the electoral register

We don't keep copies of the electoral register (also known as the electoral roll).

The electoral register is held at your local electoral registration office (or council office in England and Wales). The Northern Ireland electoral register is held by the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland. You can find contact details for your local office by entering your postcode on our About my vote website.

Other questions about registering to vote

If you have any other questions about registering to vote or the electoral register, you may find the answer in our frequently asked questions on About my vote.

Or you can call us on 020 7271 0592 or email info@electoralcommission.org.uk.