Registering to vote

How do I register to vote?

You can register online at

You will need to provide 'identifying information', such as your date of birth and national insurance number when applying and your application will need to be verified with Government records before you are added to the register.  If your details are not matched then you may be asked to provide an alternative form of evidence to prove your identity (for example a Passport, Photo Driving Licence, Biometric Residence Permit or National Identity Card).  If you have the facility to scan documents, then we do accept a clear scanned copy and it can be emailed to [email protected].

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 are still unable to find your National Insurance Number go to Find a lost National Insurance number 

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. This is usually a photocopy or scanned image of your driving licence or passport.

Why should I register to vote? 

  • If you're not registered, you can't vote. You'll miss your chance to elect Councillors, MPs and others that represent you. 
  • 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 a poll card before the next elections.

How can I find out if I'm registered to vote?

You can contact our Electoral Services department by using the contact details below. Please note that if you're emailing us we'll need your full name and address to check this for you.

Privacy Notice for Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer

View the Privacy Notice.

View the Retention, Storage and disposal of documents.

Electoral Services

Opening hours: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm (excluding bank holidays)

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 024 7683 3034

Council House
Earl Street

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