Register to vote to take part in local, national and European elections, and in referendums and police commissioner votes.
If your name isn't on the electoral register, you can't have your say in issues that affect you, and it's harder to get a loan, mortgage, finance agreement, or even a mobile phone contract.
Who can register?
You can register to vote if you are:
- 16 or older (although you can’t vote until you're 18); and
- a British citizen; or
- an Irish, qualifying Commonwealth, or European Union citizen living in the UK.
It's easy to register. You just need your national insurance number. If you can’t find your number, see www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number.
If you’re not sure if you're registered, register anyway.
Pick one of these options if:
- you have more than one address
- you live or work abroad
- you're in the armed forces
- you're in danger and want to register anonymously