The way you register to vote has changed to Individual Electoral Registration (IER).

Under individual electoral registration, each person is now required to register to vote individually, rather than by household

You can register to vote online at

If you don’t want to register online you can download and print paper forms from the website.

What you need to know

You’ll need your National Insurance number to register.

You can find this on your National Insurance card, or in official paperwork like payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits.

You can find a lost National Insurance number on the website.

If you can’t provide your National Insurance number you’ll be asked why during your application.

To register you must be:

  • Aged 16 or over, but you won’t be able to vote until you are 18.
  • A citizen of Britain, the Commonwealth, Irish Republic or a European Union member state.

Reasons to register:

  • To be able to vote in the general and local elections you must be on the electoral register.
  • By law, you must register to vote or you could be fined up to £80.
  • You may find it difficult getting credit for a loan or mortgage if you are not on the register.

To check if you are already registered to vote, you can contact your local electoral registration office.

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