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Register to Vote


You must be on the electoral register to vote in elections.

How to register online

It's free, quick and easy to register to vote online.

You just need your national insurance number. It’s on payslips, letters about benefits, tax returns, and other official correspondence.

You can register to vote here:
Register to Vote

If you can’t find your national insurance number, please visit: www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number.

Make your voice heard

Five good reasons to get on the electoral register at your current address

  • You’ll be able to vote in local and general elections – so politicians can represent your issues and not someone else’s
  • Applications for loans, credit cards, mobile phones and mortgages are checked against it
  • You’re not giving away information that isn’t already known about you
  • It’s easy and quick to do it online
  • It’s an offence not to be on the electoral register – although you can opt out of the version that’s open to the public

If you need support to get on the electoral register – or at the polling station on election day – call 0121 303 2731.

Independent Electoral Registration

A new electoral registration system started across the country on Tuesday 10 June 2014.

  • In the past, one person in the household was responsible for registering everyone who lived there.
  • Under the new system – called Individual Electoral Registration (IER) – each person is responsible for their own registration.

You are not automatically registered to vote, even if you pay council tax, or have registered to use other council services.

Essential Information

  • You can register to vote if you are:

    • 16 years old or over;
    • and a British citizen;
    • an Irish, EU or Qualifying Commonwealth citizen.

    If you are 16 or 17, you can only register to vote, BUT you are not allowed to vote until you are 18.

    Please see the attachment below giving a full list of Commonwealth and European Union countries. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, and resident in the UK, you are eligible to register to vote in UK elections. To qualify, Commonwealth citizens must be resident in the UK and either have leave to remain in the UK or not require such leave. The definition of a Commonwealth citizen includes citizens of British Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.

    Citizens of the European Union, who are not Commonwealth citizens, can vote in European and Local Elections in the UK, but are not able to vote in UK Parliamentary general elections.

  • By visiting the office - Elections Office, The Council House, Birmingham, B1 1BB

    By Phone - 0121 303 2731
    By Fax - 0121 212 1065
    By e-mail - elections@birmingham.gov.uk

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