If you are a British citizen living abroad, you may be able to register to vote if you fulfil one of the statutory requirements:

  • Held an entry on the Electoral Register, in respect of a UK address within the last 15 years
  • (if you were under 18 whilst living in the UK) Your parent or guardian had an entry on the Electoral Register, in respect of a UK address in which you were also residing, within the last 15 years.

If you fulfil one of the requirements, please register online and complete the overseas registration application.

What happens after I submit my application?

Your application will be automatically acknowledged by email and this will include a reference number.

We will process your application and we will send an email or written letter of confirmation if your application has been successful.

If your application is unsuccessful, we will write to you with details on how you can resolve this.

How do I vote if I live abroad?

You will need to setup a postal vote or a proxy vote (appointing someone else to vote on your behalf).

We strongly recommend that your appoint someone to vote on your behalf.

We send postal ballot papers approximately 10 days before an election or referendum and we cannot guarantee they will reach you in time for you to complete and return them before 10pm on Polling Day.

Please download and complete a proxy application or a postal application.

Please be aware that whilst you are registered as an overseas voter, you will only be entitled to vote in Parliamentary elections only.

Renewing your overseas registration

All overseas voters are required to renew their registration annually. A renewal form will be sent to you by email or by post 3 months before your your registration is due to expire.

If we do not receive a response, your overseas registration will be cancelled and your details removed from the electoral register.

For more information about overseas registration and voting, please visit About my Vote.

Page owner: Joe Blythman. Last updated: 29/05/2016 09:36