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The way you register to vote has changed to Individual Electoral Registration (IER). Everybody needs to register themselves individually, for example, a family member can't register you.
Register to vote
on the GOV.UK website
If you don't want to register online you can download and print paper forms from the GOV.UK website. You can also call us on 0117 922 3400 to request a registration form, but you can't register over the phone.
To check if you're already on the electoral register, call us on 0117 922 3400 and we’ll let you know for free.
You'll need your National Insurance number to register.
You can find this on your National Insurance card, or in official paperwork like payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits. You can find a lost National Insurance number on the GOV.UK website.
If you can't provide your National Insurance number you'll be asked to explain why during your application. We’ll then contact you for evidence about your identity.
To register you must be:
- Aged 16 or over, but you won't be able to vote until you are 18.
- A citizen of Britain, the Commonwealth, Irish Republic or a European Union member state.
- Living at an address in Bristol.
Reasons to register:
- To vote in the general and local elections on 7 May you must be on the electoral register.
- By law you must register to vote or you could be fined up to £80.
- You may find it difficult getting credit for a loan or mortgage if you are not on the register.
Special arrangements for registering to vote
Find out how to register to vote:
- Anonymously if you’re in danger
- As a Crown servant or as a British Council employee
- If you live or work abroad
- If you're a student or you have two addresses
- If you're in the armed forces
- You have no fixed address
- You are a prisoner on remand
After you've registered
Filling out a registration form doesn't automatically add you to the electoral register. We have to check your details first, then you’ll receive a letter from us either confirming that you’re registered, or asking you for more information.
Once you have registered there are a number of ways which you can vote.
It's against the law to vote more than once in a UK Parliamentary election.