The Electoral Commission

The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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Registering to vote

How to register to vote

To vote you must be on the electoral register. You can register to vote at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

How to check if you are already registered

If you are not sure if you are already registered, contact your local electoral registration office. You can find their details by entering your postcode on our Your Vote Matters website.

Who can register to vote?

Age

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland you can register to vote if you are 17 years old (and in some cases if you are 16). And you can vote when you are 18.

In Scotland you can register to vote if you are 15 years old (and in some cases if you are 14). You can vote in local and Scottish Parliament elections when you are 16 and UK and European Parliament elections when you are 18.

Nationality

You can register to vote if you are:

  • A UK citizen
  • A qualifying Commonwealth citizen resident in the UK (someone who has leave to enter or remain in the UK, or does not require such leave)
  • An EU citizen resident in the UK

Changing your address on the electoral register

When you move you need to re-register to your new address. You can do this at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Changing your name on the electoral register

To change your name you can complete the online form at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Other questions about registering to vote

If you have other questions about registering to vote you may find the answer on our Your Vote Matters website.

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