Who can 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

Below is a full list of Commonwealth and European Union countries. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, and a resident in the UK, you are eligible to register to vote in UK elections.

View the full list of Commonwealth and European Union countries (PDF)