Who is eligible to register to vote
You can register to vote in the UK if you are :
- resident (usually live) in the UK, and aged 16 or over (but you will not be able to vote until you are 18)
You must also be either:
- a British, Irish or European Union Citizen
- a Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK
Why should I register to vote?
You need to register to be able to vote. If you aren't registered to vote you won't have the chance to have a say on who represents you.
Some people also register to vote because they want to apply for credit. This is because credit reference agencies use the register to confirm where someone lives when they apply for credit in order to counteract fraud.
What if I don't register?
Not only will you not have a say at future elections and referendums, but if you don't respond to requests for information from the Electoral registration office you could be at risk of being fined.
It is important you register to vote. If your name is missing from the electoral register you don't get a say in how things are run.
When will my details be included on the register of electors?
The following dates apply for the coming year :
Last date to apply Date details included
Tuesday 11 December 2018 Wednesday 2 January 2019
Thursday 10 January 2019 Friday 1 February 2019
Thursday 7 February 2019 Friday 1 March 2019
Friday 8 March 2019 Monday 1 April 2019
Tuesday 9 April 2019 Wednesday 1 May 2019
Friday 10 May 2019 Monday 3 June 2019
Friday 7 June 2019 Monday 1 July 2019
Wednesday 10 July 2019 Thursday 1 August 2019
Friday 9 August 2019 Monday 2 September 2019
Please note there are no updates during the annual canvass period between September and December.
Registering to vote if you have a learning disability
Registering to vote if you're a young person
It is important that young people register to vote so that their voices can be heard.
Anyone aged 16 or over can apply to be added to the electoral register in order to ensure they can vote as soon as they turn 18. You can register on line in the normal way at the link at the top of this page.
The Bite the Ballot campaign encourages young people to engage in local and national politics. You can find out more at the Bite the Ballot website.