Electoral register and registering to vote

The electoral register is a list of everyone who is allowed to vote at election time. If you’re not on it, you won’t be allowed to vote.

Every time you move house, you must update your details - it only takes about 5 minutes and you will need your national insurance number.

Update your details

Sometimes we may need extra information before we can confirm you are on the register. We will write to you and tell you if we need anything from you.

If you serve in the forces, live abroad or need to remain anonymous for safety reasons - find out how to register

What happens after you register?

Once you are on the register for your address, you’re allowed to vote. We have to write to every household once a year to check who is living there. Other than that you don’t have to do anything to keep your right to vote.

The register isn’t just used for elections purposes. Find out more about the full and open versions of the register.