Registering to vote and the electoral register
To vote in an election or referendum, you must be on the electoral register.
If you are not sure if you are already registered, contact your local electoral registration office.
In England, Scotland or Wales, you can register to vote online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
In Northern Ireland, visit our Register to vote in Northern Ireland page to download a registration form.
Who can register to vote?
- In England and Wales you can register to vote if you are 17 years old (and in some cases if you are 16). However, you can only vote when you become 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 elections and elections to the Scottish Parliament when you are 16 and elections to the UK and European Parliaments when you are 18.
- British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizens. This means Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or do not require such leave.
- Citizens of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member states.
How do I change my name on the electoral register?
In England, Scotland and Wales you will need to complete a change of name form and provide proof of your change of name, such as a marriage or civil partnership certificate, an amended birth certificate, or deed poll.
For further information you should contact your local electoral registration office. You can find their contact details by entering your postcode on Your Vote Matters.
How do I change my address on the electoral register?
When you move you need to re-register to your new address.
If you want to register to vote in England, Scotland or Wales, you can register online any time at gov.uk/register-to-vote. To register to vote in Northern Ireland, visit the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website.
Am I registered to vote?
If you would like to find out if you are registered you will need to contact your Electoral Registration Officer. You can find their details by entering your postcode on Your Vote Matters.
Searching the electoral register
We don't keep copies of the electoral register (also known as the electoral roll).
The electoral register is held at your local electoral registration office (or council office in England and Wales). The Northern Ireland electoral register is held by the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland. You can find contact details for your local office by entering your postcode on our Your Vote Matters website.
Other questions about registering to vote
If you have any other questions about registering to vote or the electoral register, you may find the answer in our frequently asked questions on Your Vote Matters.
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