Register to vote
You can use this service to:
- get on the electoral register so you can vote in elections or referendums
- update your name, address or nationality by registering again with your new details
- get on or off the open register
This service is also available in Welsh (Cymraeg).
Deadline for registering to vote in the May 2023 elections
Register by 11:59pm on 17 April to vote in the following elections on 4 May:
- local government, combined authority mayoral, mayoral and parish council elections in England
- local government and community council elections in Wales
- local government elections in Scotland
Register by 11:59pm on 28 April to vote in the local government elections in Northern Ireland on 18 May.
Who can register
You must be aged 16 or over (or 14 or over in Scotland and Wales).
You must also be one of the following:
- a British citizen
- an Irish or EU citizen living in the UK
- a Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission
- a citizen of another country living in Scotland or Wales who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission
Check which elections you’re eligible to vote in.
You can vote when you’re 18 or over. If you live in Scotland or Wales, you can vote in some elections when you’re 16 or over.
You normally only need to register once - not for every election. You’ll need to register again if you’ve changed your name, address or nationality.
It usually takes about 5 minutes.
What you need to know
You’ll be asked for your National Insurance number (but you can still register if you do not have one).
After you’ve registered, your name and address will appear on the electoral register.
There’s a different process to register anonymously, for example if you’re concerned about your safety or the safety of someone in your household.
Check if you’re already registered
Contact your local Electoral Registration Office to find out if you’re already registered to vote.
Update your registration
You can also use the ‘Register to vote’ service to:
- change your name, address or nationality
- get on or off the open register
To do this, you need to register again with your new details (even if you’re already registered to vote).
Register using a paper form
You can register using a paper form in England, Wales and Scotland.
You’ll need to print, fill out and send the form to your local Electoral Registration Office.
If you’re in Northern Ireland, register using a paper form and return it to the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland (EONI).
If you live abroad
You can use this service to register to vote (or to renew or update your registration) if you both:
- are a British citizen
- were registered to vote within the last 15 years (or, in some cases, if you were too young to register when you were in the UK)
You may need your passport details.
If you previously lived in Northern Ireland and want to vote there, use the Northern Ireland overseas elector registration form.
If you’re a public servant posted overseas
There’s a different service for public servants (and their spouses and civil partners) who are posted overseas as:
- Crown servants or British council employees
- members of the armed forces
Get help registering
You can get help registering from your local Electoral Registration Office.
There’s an easy read guide about registering to vote.