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How to register to vote

Registering to vote online is the easiest and quickest way.

It only takes five minutes, and all you need is your national insurance number.

If you're unable to register online, you can apply by post. Download a form for:

You only need to register once, unless you change your address, name or nationality.

If you do change address, name or nationality, you need to register to vote again.

Registering to vote online in Northern Ireland

Registering to vote online in Northern Ireland

If you're registering to vote online in Northern Ireland, you will be given a Digital Registration Number (or 'DRN') when your application is approved.

Keep this number somewhere safe, as you will need to provide it if you apply for a postal or proxy vote.

You can request a reminder if you lose it.

Contact the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland to find out more.

Who can register to vote

To register to vote, you must be:

You have to be a certain age to register to vote.

CountryAge you need to be to register
England16 or older
Scotland14 or older
Wales16 or older
Northern Ireland17 or older (or will be 17 by 30 November)

You can't vote until you're 18 years old. However, if you live in Scotland, you can vote in some elections from 16 years old. Find out which elections you can vote in

    Eligible countries

    Check if you're already registered to vote

    Household Enquiry Form

    Household Enquiry Form

    If you've recently filled in a Household Enquiry Form (HEF), it doesn't mean you're registered to vote.

    Make sure you register to vote. The quickest way is to register to vote online. All you need is your national insurance number.

    You can also:

    Make sure you pass this information on to anyone else in your household who is entitled to register.

    Last updated: 13 December 2019
    Next review: 21 July 2020