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If you live abroad or are a foreign national

You can use the register to vote service if you meet any of the following requirements:

  1. you are aged 14 or over
  2. you are a British citizen or an Irish citizen
  3. you have permission to enter or stay in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man - or you do not need permission

You only need to register once - not for every election. You’ll need to register again if you’ve changed your name, address or nationality. 

You can use the service to update or change your details. You may need your passport details for this.

British citizens living abroad

British citizens living abroad can generally only register to vote in UK Parliament elections. There are exceptions to this for members of the armed services, Crown servants and British Council employees.

You can vote when you’re 18 or over. If you live in Scotland or Wales, you can vote in some elections when you’re 16 or over - check which elections you’re eligible to vote in.

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