Register to vote

We have sent letters to everyone to check the details we hold on the electoral register.

You must respond to this letter - whether your details have changed or not.

Most people's details won't have changed - if so you can just go online, text or use the freephone number to confirm they are right.

If your details have changed, the form tells you what to do.

But do make sure you respond either way. Not being registered means you cannot vote in any elections or referendums and it can affect your credit score.

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

Register to vote

You can check if you are already registered.

Please note that depending on when you apply the legal process can take up to 8 weeks for your name to be added to the register.

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.

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.

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.