Last modified July 28, 2015 by Anthony

How to register

Notice: The deadline to register to vote by post is 5pm today. To be taken directly to more information about this, and the relevant form, please click here. For more information about registering to vote and other ways you can do this, please read on.

You need to complete a voter registration form(s) depending on how you want to vote. There are three ways for your vote to be recorded:

  • In person at a polling station – you attend in person and fill in a ballot paper
  • By post – a ballot paper is sent to you in the post, and you return this by post
  • By proxy – you nominate someone you would like to vote on your behalf at a polling station.

If you want to vote by post or by proxy, you must complete an additional form which you have to return by post to your local electoral registration office. Click the relevant link above to be taken to the form.


If you live in England, Wales or Scotland you can register to vote online at gov.uk/registertovote. This is the quickest way to register and only takes around 5 minutes.

If you would rather fill in a voter registration form by hand, you can download and print a form to return by post. This must be posted to your local Electoral Registration Office. You can find the address by typing in your postcode at gov.uk/get-on-electoral-register.

If you want to vote by post, you must also download and print an additional form to return by post.

If you want to vote by proxy, you must also download and print an additional form to return by post.

Please be aware that the registration form will ask for your National Insurance number. Don’t worry if you don’t know this – you can still register without it.


If you live in Northern Ireland, you will need to download and print a form to return by post to your local area electoral office. You can find the address on the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website (see table at bottom of the page). You are not able to register to vote online if you live in Northern Ireland.

If you want to vote by post or proxy, you must also download and print an additional form to return by post. Your local electoral office must be receive your form by 5pm on Thursday 16th April. You can find further information on the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website.


The deadlines for registering to vote in the 2015 general election and local elections are:

  • 16th April – DEADLINE for postal and proxy voter registration forms if you live in Northern Ireland
  • 20th April – DEADLINE for voter registration (online or posted forms) if you live in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • 21st April – DEADLINE for postal voter registration form if you live in England, Scotland or Wales
  • 28th April – DEADLINE for proxy voter registration form if you live in England, Scotland or Wales.

You should receive written confirmation from your local Electoral Registration Office confirming that you are registered.