Registering to vote is a simple process that takes as little as five minutes. In order to vote in elections, you first need to register, which adds your name to the electoral register.

To register to vote in London. you must be aged 16 or over.
You must also be one of the following:

  • a British citizen
  • a London resident
  • an Irish or EU citizen living in the UK
  • a Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission

You can register using the government’s online portal.

You’ll be asked for your:

  • Name
  • Address (and previous address if you’ve moved in the past 12 months)
  • National Insurance number

If your name, address or nationality changes, you’ll need to register again.

If you don’t have your National Insurance number, then you can still apply through the online voter registration portal, but you must leave your contact details. Your individual council electoral services team will then get in contact to verify your identity through alternative means to complete the process. For example, you may be asked for a birth certificate, utility bills, bank statements, etc. This means you can still register to vote, even if you don't have your National Insurance number to hand.

Registering to vote if you’re homeless

Many LGBTQ+ people are homeless or face unstable living conditions. If you don’t have a fixed address, you can still register to vote using this form.

Instead of giving a fixed address, you can instead give the address of somewhere you spend a “substantial amount” of your time. This could be a homeless shelter, or a community centre. For instance, in London, this might be somewhere like The Outside Project.

If you have a question about registering to vote or need help with the process, then your local Electoral Registration Office can give you a hand.

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