Register to vote
The quickest and easiest way to register to vote is online.
Register to vote
on the GOV.UK website
If you need help to register online you can visit:
- your local library
- our Citizen Service Point at 100 Temple Street
If you can’t register online you can print paper forms from the GOV.UK website. You can also call us on 0117 922 3400 and we’ll send you a registration form. You can't register over the phone.
You can only register yourself to vote. You can’t register a family member, even if they live in the same property.
Check if you're already registered to vote
You can check for free if you're already on the electoral register by calling 0117 922 3400.
You can also check the hard copy at Bristol Central library, under supervision.
What you need to know
You'll need your National Insurance number, if you have one.
You can find this on your National Insurance card, or in paperwork like payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits. You can find a lost National Insurance number on the GOV.UK website.
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
You need to register because:
- to vote in elections and referendums you must be on the electoral register
- you can be fined up to £80 if you don’t register to vote
- if you’re not on the register, you may find it difficult getting credit for a loan, mortgage or other financial agreement
Special arrangements for registering to vote
You can register to vote:
- if you're a student and you have two addresses
- if you live or work abroad
- as a Crown servant or as a British Council employee
- if you're in the armed forces
- if you have no fixed address
- if you’re a prisoner on remand
- anonymously if you’re in danger
After you've registered
You’ll get a letter from us within seven to ten days confirming that you’re registered, or asking you for more information.