Registering to vote
How do I register to vote?
You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Everyone is responsible for registering themselves.
Before June 2014, the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who
lived at their address.
You need to give a few more details to register –
including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the
electoral register more secure.
What if I can't find my National Insurance Number, or don't have one?
Your national insurance number can be found on:
- a payslip,
- a P45 or P60,
- letters about tax or benefits,
- official letters or e-mails from HM Revenue and Customs, or the Department for Work and Pensions
If you haven’t been given a national insurance number, you will need to provide a reason when applying. We will then contact you to provide evidence as to your identity.
Why should I register to vote?
- Credit checks - credit referencing companies use the Register when checking if a person has a good credit rating. If you are not listed on the Register, you may have difficulty opening a bank account, applying for a loan, credit card or mortgage.
- Jury Service - the Register of Electors is used to call people for Jury Service. There is evidence that fewer young people and people from ethnic minorities register to vote with the result that they are under-represented in the judicial system.
- It's the law - there is a maximum £1,000 fine for individuals who refuse to register, and a maximum £5,000 fine for individuals who provide false information.
I'm already registered - will I need to do anything?
If you have received a letter telling you that you are registered to vote you do not need to do anything. You will receive the poll card before the next elections.