Registering to vote is quick and simple. It means you have the right to vote at elections and it could also improve your credit rating.
Make sure you are always registered
If you are entitled to vote, you must make sure that your name appears on the Register of Electors. You should also let us know if you move house or leave the borough. Being registered ensures that your right to vote is protected if an election is called at short notice. What’s more, your ability to obtain credit could be restricted if you are not on the register.
Who has to register to vote?
You must register to vote if you are a UK resident, aged 16 or over and a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen.
You can register only for the address where you are living. Sixteen or 17 year olds should also be registered to ensure that they can vote as soon as they reach 18. Qualifying Commonwealth citizens are those who have leave to enter or remain in the UK.
If you are unsure whether you or anyone in your household qualify to be included on the register, please visit the Your Vote Matters website.
Who can register to vote?
For information about eligible nationalities, residence and age, see Who can register to vote?
Adding your name to the Register of Electors
You can add your name to the register by filling in the online register to vote form on the GOV.UK website.
There are two versions of the register
Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).
The electoral register
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (eg fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.
The open register
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections or for credit checking. Any person, company or organisation can buy it. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed.
Not being on the open version does not affect your right to vote or credit checking as they both use the full electoral register.
How do I tell you that I don’t want to be included on the open register?
Please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or write to us at:
Hammersmith Town Hall
London W6 9JU
You will need to give us your name and address and tell us that you want to opt-out of the open register.
You can find information about both registers on the GOV.UK website.
Who has my details?
For more information about the organisations and individuals who buy both versions of the register, please visit who has my details.
If your safety may be at risk if details are published on the voters list, you can register anonymously.
Second homes and student homes
It is legal to register to vote for both your homes if they are not in the same constituency and you are resident in both of them. Find out about registering to vote for second homes and student homes.
Monthly registration statistics
We publish the monthly registration statistics on our website. This will show you the monthly alterations to the Electoral Register since publication of the register on 1 December 2023.
Inspecting the register
You can inspect the full Register of Electors, under supervision only. Please contact us to make an appointment.
If you need more comprehensive guidance about registering to vote, visit The Electoral Commission website.