Registering to vote is easy. It only takes five minutes. All you need is your national insurance number.
You only need to register once, unless you change your address, name or nationality.
Who can register to vote
You can register to vote if you are 18 years old or over, and:
- a UK or Irish citizen
- a qualifying Commonwealth citizen living in the UK
- an EU citizen living in the UK
If you live in England and Wales, you can register to vote at 16, but won’t be able to vote until you are 18.
If you live in Northern Ireland, you can register if you are over 17 or will be 17 by 30 November, but won’t be able to vote until you are 18.
If you live in Scotland, you can register at 14 years old, but you won’t be able to vote at:
- Scottish Parliament or Scottish Local Government elections until you are 16
- UK Parliamentary elections until you are 18
A qualifying Commonwealth citizen is someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK, or does not require such leave.
The definition of a 'Commonwealth' citizen includes citizens of British crown dependencies and British overseas territories.
|Antigua and Barbuda||Kiribati||Sierra Leone|
|The Bahamas||Malawi||Solomon Islands|
|Cameroon||Nauru||Trinidad and Tobago|
|Fiji Islands**||Papua New Guinea||United Republic of Tanzania|
|Grenada||St Kitts & Nevis||Zambia|
|India||St Vincent & The Grenadines|
*Although also EU member states, citizens of Cyprus and Malta are eligible to be registered to vote in all elections held in the UK.
**Citizens of Fiji and Zimbabwe retain their voting rights despite the countries having been suspended from the Commonwealth.
Isle of Man
The Channel Islands (including Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Alderney, Herm and the other inhabited Channel Islands).
- British Antarctic Territory
- British Indian Ocean Territory
- British Virgin Islands
- Cayman Islands
- Falkland Islands
- Pitcairn Island
- St Helena and dependencies (Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha)
- South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
- Sovereign base areas on Cyprus
- Turks and Caicos Islands
Former residents of Hong Kong who hold a British Dependent Territories, British Nationals (Overseas) or British Overseas passport qualify for registration.
Update your details
You'll need to register to vote again if you have:
- changed your name
- changed your nationality
To update your details, register to vote again
How do I check if I'm registered to vote?
Every local authority holds the electoral register for their own area. There is no online electoral roll.
To check if you are registered to vote, you will need to contact your local electoral registration office.
Register to vote anonymously
You may be able to register anonymously if you are concerned about your name and address appearing on the electoral register because you think that it could affect your safety, or the safety of someone in the same household as you.
How does registering to vote anonymously work?
When registering to vote, your name and address are ordinarily added to the electoral register.
This means any person can view that register and certain people and organisations are entitled to be supplied with it.
If you register anonymously, your name and address will not appear on the public electoral register. You will still be able to vote.
The Electoral Registration Officer at your local council (or the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland) will not disclose your details to anyone unless they are legally required to.
How do I register to vote anonymously?
To register to vote anonymously you need to:
- complete an application form
- explain why your safety – or that of someone in the same household as you – would be at risk if your name and address were on the electoral register.
You also need to submit evidence to support your anonymous registration.
There are two options for evidence you can use. You only have to do one of them.
1. Provide a court document that is for your protection or someone in your household. A range of different court documents can be used. View the full list of court documents that can be used to support your application
2. Get an authorised person to sign your form confirming that your safety, or that of someone in your household, could be at risk if you don’t register anonymously. This is known as an ‘attestation’. View the full list of who can sign your form for you
Anonymous registration form
Here are the forms to use to register to vote anonymously.
In Northern Ireland you should download a form from the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website.
If you have any questions about registering to vote anonymously, you should contact your local electoral registration office. They will be able to help you with the registration process.
Eligible court documents you can use to support your application:
- an injunction for the purpose of restraining a person from pursuing any conduct which amounts to
harassment granted in proceedings under Section 3 of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 or
under article 5 of the Protection from Harassment (Northern Ireland) Order 1997
- an injunction granted under Section 3A(2) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997
- a restraining order made under Section 5(1) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997, or under
article 7 of the Protection from Harassment (Northern Ireland) Order 1997
- a restraining order on acquittal made under Section 5A(1) of the Protection from Harassment Act 1997,or under article 7A(1) of the Protection from Harassment (Northern Ireland) Order 1997
- a non-harassment order, interdict or interim interdict made under Section 8 or 8A of the Protection
from Harassment Act 1997
- a non-harassment order made under Section 234A(2) of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995
- a non-molestation order made under Section 42(2) of the Family Law Act 1996, or under article 20(2)
of the Family Homes and Domestic Violence (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
- a matrimonial interdict within the meaning of Section 14 of the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection)
(Scotland) Act 1981
- a domestic interdict within the meaning of Section 18A of the Matrimonial Homes (Family Protection)
(Scotland) Act 1981
- a relevant interdict within the meaning of Section 113 of the Civil Partnership Act 2004
- an interdict that has been determined to be a domestic abuse interdict within the meaning of Section
3 of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2011
- any interdict with an attached power of arrest made under Section 1 of the Protection from Abuse
(Scotland) Act 2001
- a forced marriage protection order or interim forced marriage protection order made under Part 4A
of the Family Law Act 1996, or under Section 2 of, and paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to, the Forced
Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007, or under Section 1 or Section 5 of the Forced Marriage etc.
(Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Act 2011
- a domestic violence protection order made under section 28 of the Crime and Security Act 2010 or
section 97 of, and paragraph 5 of Schedule 7 to, the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2015
- a female genital mutilation protection order made under section 5A of, and paragraphs 1 or 18 of
Schedule 2 to, the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.
No other court documents are acceptable.
The court document must be in force on the day of your application to register anonymously.
Only those listed below may attest an application.
The attestation cannot be delegated to a more junior person within an organisation.
- a police officer of or above the rank of inspector of any police force in England and Wales
- a police officer of or above the rank of inspector of the Police Service of Scotland
- a police officer of or above the rank of inspector of the Police Service of Northern Ireland
- the Director General of the Security Service
- the Director General of the National Crime Agency
- any director of adult social services in England within the meaning of section 6(A1) of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970
- any director of children’s services in England within the meaning of section 18 of the Children Act 2004
- any director of social services in Wales within the meaning of section 6(1) of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970
- any chief social work officer in Scotland within the meaning of section 3 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968
- any director of social services of a Health and Social Services Board established under article 16 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972
- any executive director of social work of a Health and Social Services Trust established under article 10 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1991
- any registered medical practitioner
- any registered nurse or midwife
- any person who manages a refuge. A “refuge” means accommodation with a planned programme of
therapeutic and practical support for victims of, or those at risk of, domestic abuse or violence.
- UK wide