Register to vote deadline

Register to vote by 26 November

The deadline to register to vote in the UK Parliamentary general election on 12 December has now passed.

You can still register to vote even if you do not have a fixed address

You can still register to vote even if you do not have a fixed address. This may be because you are:

  • a patient in a mental health hospital
  • homeless
  • a merchant seaman
  • part of the gypsy or travelling community
  • living on a boat or other movable residence
  • a person remanded in custody

If you are staying at an address for an extended length of time then you can be considered as residing there and can register for that address. This could be a hospital, hostel, prison facility or similar place.

Declaration of local connection form

If you don't have a permanent address, you can register at an address where you spend a lot of your time or have some connection. This could be a previously permanent address, shelter or similar place.

Download register to vote form (no fixed address)

There are two forms - one for people in England and Wales, and one for people in Scotland. Alternatively, you can get the form from your local electoral registration office.

Find contact details for your local electoral registration office

If you're in Northern Ireland, download the declaration of local connection form from the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland.

A patient in a mental health hospital

If you have been admitted as an in-patient at a mental health hospital or similar place, you can register at your hospital address if you have spent enough time there to be regarded as resident.

If you are only in hospital a short time then you could still register at what would otherwise be your permanent home.

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You can also register at an address where you used to live before you became a patient.

Download register to vote form (no fixed address)

There are two forms - one for people in England and Wales, and one for people in Scotland.

Alternatively, you can get the form from your local electoral registration office.

Find contact details for your local electoral registration office.

Homeless

If you don't have a permanent home then you can register at an address where you spend a substantial part of your time during the day or night.

This could be a shelter, or any place where you sleep or spend a large part of your day.

Download register to vote form (no fixed address)

There are two forms - one for people in England and Wales, and one for people in Scotland.

Alternatively, you can get the form from your local electoral registration office.

Find contact details for your local electoral registration office

A merchant seaman

If you are not resident in the UK because of your job as a merchant seaman, then you can still register at your usual address where you would otherwise be living when you were not working.

Alternatively, if you normally stay at a hostel or club which provides accommodation for merchant seamen when you are not at sea, then you can register at that address.

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Part of the gypsy or travelling community

If you are staying at a site for a reasonable length of time, then you can be considered as living there and can register at that address.

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If you do not have a settled address where you can be considered to be living, then you can register either at the place where you spend most of your time or at the place where you most have a local connection.

Download register to vote form (no fixed address)

There are two forms - one for people in England and Wales, and one for people in Scotland.

Alternatively, you can get the form from your local electoral registration office.

Find contact details for your local electoral registration office

Living on a boat or other movable residence

If you live on a boat, houseboat or similar residence which has a fixed or permanent mooring you can register at that address.

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If you don't have a permanent mooring then you can register either at a place where you spend most of your time or have some connection.

This could be the place where you were last permanently registered or, for example, a boatyard that you use for maintenance.

Download register to vote form (no fixed address)

There are two forms - one for people in England and Wales, and one for people in Scotland.

Alternatively, you can get the form from your local electoral registration office

Find contact details for your local electoral registration office

A person remanded in custody

If you have been remanded in custody (but not convicted) and are detained in a prison or similar place, you register at that address if you have been detained long enough for you to be considered a resident there.

If you have only been in custody for a short time then you can register at the address where you would normally live if you were not in custody.

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If you are a longer-term remand prisoner, you can also choose to register at an address where you would be living if you were not a prisoner on remand, or where you used to live before you were remanded in custody.

Download register to vote form (no fixed address)

There are two forms - one for people in England and Wales, and one for people in Scotland.

Alternatively, you can get the form from your local electoral registration office.

Find contact details for your local electoral registration office

Last updated: 27 November 2019
Next review: 11 September 2020