You can register as an overseas voter if you’re either:
- a British citizen
- an eligible Irish citizen registering to vote in Northern Ireland
If you want to vote in England, Scotland or Wales, register to vote in the normal way.
If you want to vote in Northern Ireland, you need to register with a paper form.
Renewing your registration
Your registration lasts up to 3 years. You’ll get a reminder when it’s time to renew.
If you do not renew your registration, you’ll be removed from the register and must make a fresh application in order to vote again.
Voting if you’re registered as an overseas voter
You can vote in UK Parliament elections.
You may be able to vote in referendums. Each referendum has different rules on who can vote in it.
You can vote by post or proxy, if you’re eligible. You’ll be asked to make this choice when you register.
Voting if you’re registered in Northern Ireland as an overseas voter
You can vote by proxy, if you’re eligible. You need to apply using a paper form.
Serving abroad in the armed forces
Register to vote using the armed forces registration service.
If you’re serving outside the UK, you can register as a ‘service’ voter. This means that you only have to renew your registration every 5 years. You’ll get a reminder when it’s time to renew.
Crown servants and British Council employees
Use the registration service for Crown servants and British Council employees if you’re based outside the UK working as a:
- Crown servant (for example overseas civil service or diplomatic service)
- British Council employee