Who can register to vote


To qualify you must be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of another European Union State. 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. 

Nationality is regarded as passport/s held (or the right to hold a passport). Indefinite leave to remain does not alter nationality. 

If you are not sure if this includes you please see our list of eligible nationalities.


You must be resident in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for at least 6 months of the year and live at the address when you apply to register. You cannot register before moving to an address. If you mainly live abroad please contact the helpline on 020 7361 3444 or email elect@rbkc.gov.uk  


Only those aged 18 or over can actually vote but you can register if you are 16 or 17.

Service Voters

Members of the armed forces and their partners may register as service voters or they can now register as ordinary electors. If you register as a Service Voter you will only have to re-register every five years and the Electoral Services Office will write to remind you when re-registration is required. To apply please visit the GOV.UK website.

Crown Servants

Crown servants working abroad and their partners, may register by completing the Crown servants online application form.

Overseas Electors

British Citizens living abroad may register by completing the Overseas Electors online application form. They can remain registered for up to 15 years after they last appeared on the register of electors in the United Kingdom. Citizens of the European Union Member States may vote at local and European elections. To apply please visit the GOV.UK website.

Anonymous Registration

Certain people can now apply to be entered anonymously on the register of electors. For further information see the Anonymous Registration page.