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Register to vote

How to register to vote in local and national elections.

Published: 15 January 2021

Last updated: 19 January 2021

Registering to vote has never been easier.

You can register if you are: 

  • aged 16 or over
  • a British citizen
  • an Irish or EU citizen living in the UK
  • a Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission and are resident in Westminster for at least 6 months of the year

Electoral registration applications are made individually and you will be asked to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number if you have one. These details will be used to verify your identity.

Even if you have registered for Council Tax or council services, you still need to register to vote separately. 

Privacy notice

To verify your identity, the data you provide will be processed by the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service managed by the Cabinet Office.

As part of this process your data will be shared with the Department of Work and Pensions and the Cabinet Office suppliers that are data processors for the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service. Find out more at GOV.UK

Special circumstances

For those who are living overseas, crown servants or diplomats and their dependents, homeless people and voluntary patients in mental health hospitals, there are special registration arrangements. Please seek further advice from our Electoral Services.

Anonymous registration

You can apply to be registered anonymously if you believe that being on the register of electors could affect your safety.

If you believe this to be the case please contact Electoral Services to receive further information and confidential guidance.

Opting out of the open register

You can opt out of the open register – the version of the electoral register that’s available to anyone who wants to buy a copy. To opt out, please call or email Electoral Services. Opting out doesn’t affect your right to vote.

Contact Electoral Services

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: 020 7641 2730 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)

Post: Electoral Services, Westminster City Council, 14th Floor City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP

Freepost (UK only): Freepost RTJY-BJSY-HULU, Electoral Registration Officer, Westminster City Council, Westminster City Hall, 64 Victoria Street, London, SW1E 6QP