Registering to vote means you have a right to vote in local, national and European elections and referendums.
You can register to vote if you are:
- 16 or older (although you can’t vote until you are 18 years old)
- a British citizen
- an Irish, eligible Commonwealth, or European Union citizen living in the UK.
You are responsible for registering yourself.
When you register you will need to have your National Insurance number to hand.
What address you should register
When registering to vote you must give your home address.
If you have moved to a residential home, this should be the address you use.
If you live an equal amount of time in two properties, for example if you're a student, you can register at both your home address and student accommodation address, but you must not vote more than once in the same election.
You can still register to vote if you do not have an address, for example if you're homeless.
Find out if you’re already registered
If you pay council tax or have a library card, this doesn’t mean you’re automatically registered to vote.