Register to vote

A General Election will be held on Thursday 12 December. To have your say, you must be registered to vote by Tuesday 26th November. Registering allows you to vote for candidates that share your views, and make it more likely that the things you would like to happen will happen.


UK citizens receive it shortly before their 16th birthday. Its format is 2 letters, 6 numbers, and a final letter

If you did not automatically receive an NI number when you turned 16, you can apply for one online:

Here’s how you can find it:

  • On your payslip, if you have a paid job
  • On official letters about tax, pensions, or benefits
  • If you receive a student loan, it’s likely you used your National Insurance number in your application.
  • Online, by creating or logging into your personal tax account at
  • Apply to receive a confirmation of your NI number by post at; you will need to complete form CA5403, which is linked on the website.
  • Call the National Insurance Helpline on 0300 200 3500 for further advice, if you have never received an NI number or can’t register for a personal tax account.
  • You can register to vote twice if your home address and term-time address are in two separate local authorities? This means you can vote in both locations for local elections. You can only vote once in a general election though – so make sure you consider where you want your vote to count.
  • Registering to vote can make it easier for you to get a credit card, mobile phone or bank account, as credit reference agencies use the electoral register to confirm your address.