Frequently asked questions

In this area, you can find answers to frequently asked questions about registering to vote and voting at elections and referendums.


Your top five questions answered

1. How do I register to vote in UK elections?

If you live in England, Scotland or Wales, you can register online any time at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

To register to vote in Northern Ireland, visit our Register to vote in Northern Ireland page.

2. Can you tell me if I am registered to vote?

To find out if you are registered to vote, you must contact your local electoral registration office. The Electoral Commission cannot tell you if you are registered to vote. You also can't check this online, so you will need to get in touch with your local registration office.

To find the contact details for your local electoral registration office, enter your postcode in the 'Your local area' section of our homepage.

3. Can I check if I'm registered to vote online?

No, electoral registration is managed locally by the local electoral registration office for each area and there is no official centralised electoral register that can be searched online.

If you would like to check if you are registered, contact your local electoral registration office. To find their contact details, enter your postcode in the 'Your local area' section of our homepage.

4. Am I eligible to register to vote in UK elections?

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 16 or over in England and Wales (but you cannot vote until you are 18); or 14 or over in Scotland (but you cannot vote in local elections and elections to the Scottish Parliament until you are 16 or elections to the UK and European Parliaments until you are 18)
  • A UK, Republic of Ireland or qualifying Commonwealth citizen. Qualifying Commonwealth citizens are those who have leave to enter or remain in the UK, or do not require such leave
  • A citizen of a European Union country living in the UK
  • A citizen of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or a British Overseas Territory living in the UK

Here is a full list of Commonwealth and European Union countries (PDF)

If you are a citizen of one of those countries, and a resident in the UK, you are eligible to register to vote in UK elections.

Find out what you can vote for here

5. How can I contact my local electoral registration office?

To find the contact details for your local electoral registration office, enter your postcode in the 'Your local area' section of our homepage.


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