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Register to vote

Information on how to vote, and why you need to register

How to register to vote

To register to vote you must be:

  • aged 16 or over, but you won't be able to vote until you are 18
  • a citizen of Great Britain, the Commonwealth, Irish Republic or a European Union member state
  • living at an address in west Norfolk

Check who can register to vote at About My Vote.

The quickest and easiest way to register to vote is online.

Register to vote on GOV.UK

What you'll need

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.

If you can't register online you can print paper forms from the GOV.UK website. You can also call us on 01553 616773 and we'll send you a registration form. You can't register over the phone.

Remember: 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 01553 616773.

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

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.

You can find out more about the electoral register on the GOV.UK website.