Register to vote in Northern Ireland

On this page, you can find out about registering to vote in Northern Ireland.

The next election to the Northern Ireland Assembly is on Thursday 2 March.

Register to vote

The deadline to register to vote at Northern Ireland Assembly has now passed.

The Electoral Office for Northern Ireland may ask for additional documentation alongside your application to register to vote. If your application was received by 14 February then you have until 20 February to provide any supporting documentation. Find out more information about providing additional documentation.

Don't forget your photo ID

When you go to your polling station on election day don't forget to bring a correct form of photo ID. Without it you won't be able to vote!

The following forms of ID can be accepted at the polling station:

  • A UK or Irish passport
  • A UK, Irish or EEA driving licence
  • A Translink Senior Smartpass
  • A Translink 60+ Smartpass
  • A Translink War Disabled Smartpass
  • A Translink Blind Person's Smartpass
  • An Electoral Identity Card

The identification does not need to be 'current' but the presiding officer at the polling station must be satisfied that the photograph matches that of the person intending to vote.

No other form of photo ID can be accepted at the polling station. This includes ID such as work passes or parking blue badges.

For more information on applying for an electoral ID card, visit or call 0800 4320 712.

Voting by post or proxy

The main deadline for applying to vote by post or proxy at the Northern Ireland Assembly election on 2 March has now passed. The only grounds on which applications may now be made are unforeseen circumstances related to health. The deadline for receipt of these applications is 5pm on 22 February 2017.

Find out more on the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website