How to Register to Vote

How to Register to Vote

The Electoral Registration Officer compiles and publishes a new register every year.

The way we all register to vote has changed

  • Every person is now responsible for registering themselves individually. 

  • We can send you a paper application form or you can register online. (Opens in a New Window)

  • All the information supplied in your application is verified by the Department of Work and Pensions.

  • You may be asked for further information to support your application.

  • You can also register online as an overseas or a HM forces voter.

What do I need to do to register to vote?

  • Visit the GOV.UK website or use a printed application form.

  • Complete the application in full, making sure to include your full name, address, date of birth and national insurance number.  Your national insurance number can be found on your national insurance card, payslips and letters about benefits or tax credits.  If you have lost or cannot find your national insurance number, you can find out how to retrieve it on  the GOV.UK website. (Opens in a New Window)

  • Once you have submitted your application, we have to verify the details you provide to complete your registration.  If we can't verify your details, we will ask you to provide documentary evidence, such as a copy of your passport or driving licence.

  • Look out for a confirmation to say that your application has been accepted or a request for more information to allow us to complete your registration.

Updating details

  • Details can be updated at any time between January and the beginning of August and will take effect on a monthly basis.

  • In the autumn, every household will receive a form to update the details for their household - monthly updates are suspended at this point.  Any new applications to register to vote received at this time will take effect in December when the new Electoral Register is published.

  • You must respond to the form, even if the information hasn't changed.

  • Any new elector added to the form must also register themselves as detailed above.

Privacy Notice

Please view the privacy notice for electoral registration. (.pdf) (31KB) (Opens in a New Window)

Electoral Services
tel: 0115 917 3276