Running electoral registration - England

Using information or documentary evidence to check qualifying condition of applicants who left the UK before turning 18

Applicants who left the UK before turning 18 may include with their application information or documentary evidence demonstrating that they were resident at their qualifying address. 

If you require additional evidence to be satisfied that an overseas applicant who left the UK before turning 18 meets the previous residence condition you may request that the applicant provides:

  • the full name of a parent or guardian of the applicant who was resident at the relevant address on the last day1
  • in respect of each parent or guardian, an indication as to whether that parent or guardian was registered at the relevant address2

Where an applicant provides the full name of a parent in the application, the applicant must also provide a copy (or original, if appropriate) of their own birth certificate which includes their date of birth and their parent’s name.3

Where an applicant provides the full name of a guardian in their application, you must request that they provide a copy (or original, if appropriate) of evidence that confirms that the person named was their guardian when they left the UK.4

Where an applicant provides documentary evidence demonstrating their connection to a parent or guardian and their name on that evidence differs from their current name (or their name at the point they were last registered, which will be supplied under a separate declaration requirement), an explanation as to the difference in name (if known) may be required.5

Where an applicant provides documentary evidence and the name of any nominated parent or guardian differs from the parent or guardian’s name at the point the applicant was last resident, an explanation as to the difference in name (if known) may be required.6  
 

Last updated: 13 December 2023