Are You Registered to Vote?

Register to vote to get on the electoral register, or to change your details. It usually takes about 5 minutes.

You need to be on the electoral register to vote in general elections or referendums.

Deadline for registering to vote in the General Election

Register by 11:59pm on 26 November to vote in the General Election on 12 December.

If you want to vote by proxy in England, Scotland or Wales, you can still apply after you’ve registered. Apply by 5pm on 4 December.

It is too late to apply to vote:

  • by post in England, Scotland or Wales
  • by post or by proxy in Northern Ireland

Who can register

You can register if you’re both:

  • aged 16 or over
  • a UK citizen (or an Irish, EU or Commonwealth citizen with a permanent UK address)

You can check which elections you’re eligible to vote in.

You can vote when you’re 18 or over. If you live in Scotland, you can vote in Scottish Parliament and local elections when you’re 16.

Student registrations

If you’re a student, you can register at both your university and home address. You can only vote once.

Registering online

Use this service to get on the electoral register. You need to be on the electoral register to vote in elections and referendums.

You only need to register once – not for every election.

Start now

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.

How to check if you’re already registered

Contact your local Electoral Registration Office to find out if you’re already registered to vote.

Updating 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).

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