Register to vote

New to UK

Am I eligible (allowed) to register?
You can register to vote if you are 16 Years old or over and a British citizen or an Irish, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizen who is resident in the UK.

To qualify, Commonwealth citizens must be resident in the UK and either have leave to enter or remain in the UK or not require such leave. The definition of a 'Commonwealth Citizen includes citizens of British crown dependencies and British overseas territories.

Citizens of the European Union (who are not Commonwealth citizens or citizens of the Republic of Ireland) are able to vote in European and local elections in the UK, elections to the Scottish Parliament and Welsh and Northern Ireland assemblies (If they live in those areas) and some referendums (based on the rules for the particular referendum) but are not able to vote in the UK Parliamentary general elections.

What do I need to do?

  • If you weren’t registered previously, you can register under the new system.
  • If you have recently attained British Citizenship from a nationality that was ineligible you can now register to vote.

Last updated: 29 November 2019