Register to Vote

How to register 

Registering is easy and only takes 5 minutes. Just click the link below. You’ll need your National Insurance number handy.

Your vote matters, don't lose it.

Register to vote online

Completing this form should take around 5 minutes.

To complete this form you will need.

  • Your personal details, name, address and date of birth
  • National Insurance number (if you have one)
  • You may also need your passport if you're living abroad

Use this service to apply for the electoral register or to update your details. 

You need to be on the electoral register (sometimes called the 'electoral roll') to vote in elections and referendums.

For further information, please contact Electoral Services on 0115 876 4111 or email us at

Register to vote

Benefits of registering

If your name is not on the register it may affect your credit rating. You could experience problems getting loans, mortgages, finance agreements, mobile phone contract.

Decisions made by local and national government affect you, your family and friends as you will come into daily contact with services such as:

  • Schools, leisure centres, libraries, community centres and parks
  • Refuse collection, street cleaning and lighting and road repairs
  • Public transport, car parks and street parking
  • Residential care homes and day centres
  • Public health, city cafes, restaurants and other food outlets
  • Housing and benefits
  • Cemeteries, crematoria and many more

To have your say you need to be registered to vote. Being registered means you can vote in all elections and referendums you are eligible for, including Local, Parliamentary and European elections.

There are other reasons why it is beneficial to be listed on the electoral register:

The electoral register is used to call people for jury service. Studies show that fewer young people and people from ethnic minorities register to vote. The result is that they are under-represented in the legal system.

It is also a legal requirement that you return a Household Enquiry Form each year and failure to do so could result in a fine of up to £1000. Even if you are registered to vote, you are obliged to return a completed the Household Enquiry Form annually

Please note that being registered for Council Tax does not automatically put you on the register.

Eligibility to register

To be eligible for inclusion on the Register of Electors you must be:

  • Over 18, or reach the age of 18 during the period in which the register is in force. (Eligible from aged 16 but will not appear on the Electoral Register until aged 18)
  • A British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union Citizen, or citizen of a British Overseas Territory or British Crown Dependency
  • Resident at the property you wish to register at on the date you apply

View the eligibility criteria for more details of who is eligible to vote.

Check if you're registered

The full register is available for public inspection at Central Library, Angel Row, Nottingham. You will need to make an appointment by phoning 0115 915 2828. For information about the register, such as the differences between the Full and Open register and viewing locations, please visit The Electoral Register page.

For further information please contact Electoral Services on 0115 876 4111 or email us at

Register anonymously

Please contact Electoral Services for advice on 0115 876 4111.

External links

Electoral Commission Website

Contact Details

Electoral Services 
Loxley House Station 
Street Nottingham