Manchester City Council

The Council & democracy Register to vote

Everyone is responsible for registering themselves to vote. If you have recently moved house or do not know if you are registered, then you should make sure you don't miss out and register to vote.

It takes less than 5 minutes to register and you will just need your National Insurance Number and date of birth to hand to confirm your identity and complete your application. If you do not have a National Insurance number then you will be given the opportunity to explain why in your application.

Once your application is submitted, the details in your application must be checked against government records and if there are any inconsistencies or missing information we will contact you to request further details from you to complete your application. Only until your application has been fully verified will we be able to finalise your application.

The electoral register is only updated at certain times of the year - generally the first working day of every month, apart from in October and November. Please be aware these are strict legal deadlines which we are unable to change.

If either yourself or if you know someone who cannot register online, please get in touch with us on 0161 234 1212, so we can arrange to send out a paper form.

Why Register?

  • You must be on the electoral register to vote in future elections and referendums
  • By law, you must respond to an invitation to register to vote or you could be fined up to £80
  • If you are not on the register you may find it harder to get a loan, mortgage, finance agreement, or even a mobile phone contract as the register is used by credit reference agencies

Who can register?

You can register to vote if you are:

If you are student living away from home, you can register at both your home and university term time address. Registering to vote at your term time address means you can choose where you vote.

You can still register to vote if you have no fixed address. You will need something called a 'declaration of local connection' to show that you are connected to and spend time at a particular place. Please contact the Electoral Services Unit on 0161 234 1212 for more information.

Everyone is responsible for registering themselves to vote and the only way to do it is by either going online or by completing an 'Invitation to Register' form. Electoral Registration is a completely separate process and you will not automatically be registered to vote by any other contact you have with us, such as when you pay Council Tax or Housing Benefit.

When we receive your application, we have to check your identity against Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and other records, so applying does not mean that you will be automatically registered. Once we have checked your details, you will receive a letter from us either confirming that you are registered, or asking you for more information.

If you move house, you must re-register to vote.

If you're not sure, check if you're already registered to vote.

The electoral register is only updated at certain times of the year - generally the first of every month, apart from in October and November. There are strict deadlines which mean that you can only be added to the register if we receive your application on time and we have all the information we need to process it.

More information about deadlines for registration applications

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