Register to vote

Your name must be on the electoral register if you want to vote.

Register to vote

We recently wrote to every household to check who needs to be registered to vote - you must respond to this letter. Find out more about the household canvas.

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

If you have moved house or changed your name, you also need to update your details online.

Please have your National Insurance number and your date of birth to hand when you register. It only takes five minutes.

If you know someone who needs to register but who hasn't got access to the internet, please tell them they can use the self-serve computers at any library or at the One Stop Shop at Sandwell Council House in Oldbury.

Your name can take up to six weeks to show on the register of electors depending on when you register to vote:

If you applied on or before Your name will be added by
12 December 2016 3 January 2017
10 January 2017 1 February 2017
7 February 2017 1 March 2017
10 March 2017 3 April 2017
6 April 2017 2 May 2017
10 May 2017 1 June 2017
9 June 2017 3 July 2017
10 July 2017 1 August 2017
10 August 2017 1 September 2017

The register isn't updated in September to November as the annual update (the canvass) takes place then. All amendments will show in a revised register we publish on 1 December 2017. 

The credit reference agencies receive a copy of all monthly updates and the full revised register so they can update their records.

The Government's Your Vote Matters website has more information about registering and voting.

Who can register?

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 16 years old or over and a British citizen or an Irish, qualifying Commonwealth e.g. India or European Union citizen e.g. France and are resident in the UK.
  • If you are 16 or 17, you can only register if you will be 18 within the lifetime of the electoral register. You cannot vote until you are 18.

You can find out more information about eligible countries for registering to vote in the UK.

You may be interested in statistics on the number of properties and electors by ward and constituency.

More information

If you have any questions, please contact us:

Our opening hours are Monday to Thursday 9am-5.30pm, Friday 9am-5pm.

Points to remember

  • it is a legal requirement to register to vote 
  • it is not compulsory to vote but it is to register 
  • you must inform us if you move 
  • if you apply for credit, credit reference agencies can use the register to check your details and if you are not registered you may be refused credit

Take a browse through our Electoral Registration/Election pages and learn more about how to vote and the different ways you can vote. 

You may also be interested in:
Do Politics Centre (Electoral Commission)
About My Vote website
Electoral Commission

Useful resources

You can read more about the electoral register.

We work closely with Bite the Ballot to educate, engage and empower young voters. Resources are available from this organisation for schools to use for classroom lessons on the subject of democracy.

The Electoral Commission has information about voting available in accessible formats:

To order a Braille version, please call the Electoral Commission's public information line on 020 7271 0500.