Register to vote

You qualify to register to vote if you are:

  • a British Citizen 
  • an EU Citizen resident in the UK
  • a qualifying Commonwealth Citizen resident in the UK

If you would like to check to see if you are already on the register, please use our online register check form below.

How do I register?

To complete the application form will need the following information available:

  • your National Insurance number
  • your passport (if you are a British Citizen living abroad) 

Before you submit your details please make sure you read our Privacy Notice.

More information on registering to vote can be found on the Electoral Commission website or website and an easy read guide to voting and registering is available to view from the Cabinet Office.

Voter ID information

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at elections. This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.

For more information on photo ID you can view the governments easy read online guide, call the Electoral Commission helpline on 0800 328 0280 or visit the electoral commission website.

Which forms of ID can I use to vote?

A full list of accepted photo ID's can be found on the Electoral Commission website. Below is a list of the most common types of accepted ID's:

  • Passport
  • Driving Licence (including provisional licence)
  • Blue Badge
  • Certain concessionary travel cards
  • Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standard Scheme)
  • Biometric Immigration document
  • Defence identity card
  • Certain national identity cards
What if I don't have accepted photo ID?

If you don't have an accepted form of photo ID or you're not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document known as a Voter Authority Certificate. You can apply online using the button below or request a paper application form by contacting the electoral services team on

What happens if I have received an evidence letter?

You will have received an evidence letter when your register to vote application is not successful.  You will need to prove your identity to be added to the register of electors by providing documentary evidence.

A list of acceptable documents to upload are listed on your evidence letter.


Postal and proxy votes

If you are unable to attend the polling station for any reason, you may wish to apply for a postal or proxy vote.

A postal vote is where your vote is sent to you before polling day and a proxy vote is where you ask another person to vote on your behalf.

Find out more and apply for a postal or proxy vote

Last updated 12 June 2024
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