Voters in Wales need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.
This applies to:
- Police and Crime Commissioner elections
- UK parliamentary by-elections
- Recall petitions
- From October 2023 it will also apply to UK General elections.
To vote in local, national or European elections, you must be on the electoral register (sometimes called the electoral roll). This is a list of the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote. If you are not on the register, you cannot vote.
You are not automatically registered to vote, even if you pay council tax, so it’s important to register.
How do I register?
You can register to vote quickly and easily online. You will need to give your date of birth and your National Insurance (NI) number. If you don't know your NI number, get in touch with HMRC (external website).
Register to vote online (external website)
Each member of the household must now register individually, and provide their National Insurance number and date of birth to identify them.
Previously, one person in each household would register all the eligible residents at that address on the annual canvas form. Instead, now you will receive an annual 'household enquiry form' and must add anyone over the age of 16 who is resident in your home. Anyone not already registered at that address will be sent an invitation to register to vote.
Once you have registered, you will only need to re-register if you change address. However, you should complete and return the household enquiry form, which you will receive every year.
Who can register?
You can register to vote if you are:
- aged 14 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 16 in Senedd elections and 18 in other elections) AND
- a British citizen , an Irish, Commonwealth. European Union citizen or foreign citizen who has leave to enter or remain in the UK, or who does not require such leave.
Under current legislation, marriage to a British citizen or a grant of permanent residence in the UK does not give you British citizenship, and does not give you the right to vote in UK elections.
View the Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer Privacy Notice.