Register to vote and update your details

Overview

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.

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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.

Eligible countries

Update your details

You'll need to register to vote again if you have:

  • moved
  • 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.

Find contact details for 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.

Download anonymous registration form for people in England or Wales (PDF)

Download anonymous registration form for people in Scotland (PDF)

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.

Supporting information

Last updated: 4 October 2019
Next review: 21 July 2020