Register to vote (Crown servants and British Council employees)

Use this service to get on the electoral register or update your details if you’re posted abroad as:

  • a Crown servant (for example diplomatic or overseas civil service)
  • a British Council employee
  • the spouse or civil partner of a Crown servant or British Council employee

You can do this before you leave or if you’re already abroad.

Register online

Registering takes around 5 minutes.

You only need to register once - you do not need to register separately for every election.

You’ll need your National Insurance number, if you have one. You’ll also need your payroll or staff ID number (usually found on your payslip).

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Other ways to apply

You can also register by post (England, Scotland and Wales).

There’s a different form for registering by post in Northern Ireland.

Children of Crown servants or British Council employees

How you register to vote depends on where you’re from.

If you’re from England, Wales or Northern Ireland

You can register when you turn 16.

Register to vote as an overseas voter if you’re from England or Wales.

Register by post if you’re from Northern Ireland and the child of a Crown servant or British Council employee.

If you’re from Scotland

Register by post if you’re from Scotland. Both of the following must apply:

  • you’re either 14 or 15 years old
  • you live with your parent or guardian overseas

Send the form to your local Electoral Registration Office.

If you’re not a Crown servant or British Council employee

There’s a different way to register to vote if you’re in the armed forces.