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Register to vote

How to register

The registration process is called individual electoral registration.

  • Everyone is responsible for registering themselves
  • You need to provide a few more details to register - including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure.

How do I register under the new system?

  1. Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You'll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits. Alternatively find a lost national insurance number
  2. Look out for a confirmation to say you're registered

Reasons to register

  • enables you to vote in an election
  • obtain a mortgage or credit
  • by law you must register

Special arrangements for registering to vote

  • Anonymously if you're in danger
  • As a Crown servant or as a British Council employee
  • If you live or work abroad
  • If you're a student or you have two addresses
  • If you're in the armed forces
  • You have no fixed address
  • You are a prisoner on remand

After you've registered

  • Completing a registration form does not automatically add you to the electoral register
  • Your details will be checked and verified 
  • You will  receive a letter confirming that you are registered/ or asking form more information.
  • You can find out when your name will appear on the register

Last updated Monday, 12th September 2022

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