Register to vote

Don’t miss your opportunity to vote in elections – make sure you are registered.

Registering is required by law. You may find it difficult to get credit loans, phone contracts, a mortgage or bank account if you are not on the electoral register, as this is used by credit reference agencies.

Step 1 - Check which elections you can vote in

You are eligible to register to vote in elections if you are:

  • aged 16 or over (to vote after your eighteenth birthday)
  • a British, Irish, EU or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • a permanent resident of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

If you are a citizen from an EU country, you can vote in some but not all types of election. See which elections you are eligible to vote in(pdf, 387KB) or visit the Electoral Commission for more information.

Step 2 - Register to vote

Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was introduced nationally from 10 June 2014. This has enabled online registration, making registering to vote easier and more convenient.

If you’ve recently moved to the borough, or have not received a confirmation letter, you must register to vote. The easiest way is to register to vote online. You can also register by post, or call 020 8891 1411.

We can provide information about registration in different formats, such as large print or a community language.

You will be asked for your National Insurance (NI) number when you register. You can find this on your NI card, employee payslip or correspondence from HMRC. GOV.UK can help you find your NI number if you have problems tracking it down.

Specific rules apply if you are:

The registration form will ask if you wish to be included in the open register, which is an extract of the full electoral register that can be bought by any person, company or organisation. Read more about the open register to help you decide.

You can also apply for anonymous registration if your safety would be at risk from your name and address being included in the Electoral Register.

Register to vote

What happens next

Under the Individual Electoral Registration system, completed applications must be verified against other records.

If your details match, you will be sent a confirmation letter and be included in the register when it is next published according to the statutory timetable.

If your details do not match, we will ask you to provide photo ID documentary evidence such as a copy of your passport or driving licence, in order to verify your application. This may delay your registration, even if you applied before the monthly deadline.

Statutory registration timetable
Applications received by Will be published on
Wednesday 22 November 2017 Friday 1 December 2017
Tuesday 19 December 2017 Tuesday 2 January 2018
Thursday 18 January 2018 Thursday 1 February 2018
Thursday 15 February 2018 Thursday 1 March 2018
Tuesday 20 March 2018 Tuesday 3 April 2018
Tuesday 17 April 2018 Tuesday 1 May 2018

Step 3 - Choose whether to opt out of the open register

When you registered, you were asked whether you wanted your details to be listed on the open register, which is available for companies to buy.

You can change your preference at any time.

Step 4 - Decide which voting method to use

Most people vote in person at their local polling station. If you will be away on the date of the next election, would prefer not to vote in person or are unable to, you can apply for a postal vote or a proxy vote.

More about casting your vote.

Step 5 - Let us know if your contact details change

Change of address

If you're moving home, please register your new address.

Change of name

If you have changed your name, for example due to marriage or divorce, or your name is spelt incorrectly, please tell us your correct name.

Step 6 - Look out for registration letters in future

We will contact you each year to check your details are still up to date as part of the Annual Registration Canvass. Please follow any instructions to ensure you stay registered.

Updated: 22 November 2017