Register to vote

You must be on the electoral register to vote in elections and referendums. The simplest and fastest way to register is online at

Alternatively, you can register by phone or on a paper form available from the Electoral Services Unit.

In order to register, you will need to provide your National Insurance number and your date of birth. After you register, your details will be checked against government records before you can be added to the register.

If you complete a paper form, return it as soon as possible to us at the address on this page.

If you require help please contact us at the above address, email us or call our helpline.

Who can register to vote?

  • Anyone aged 16 or over (but you cannot vote until you are 18) 
  • British or Commonwealth citizens. 
  • Citizens of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) countries.

Citizens of EU countries (other than the UK, Ireland, Cyprus, Malta) cannot vote in UK Parliamentary elections and must fill in a separate form to vote in European Parliamentary elections.

What is the electoral register?

The electoral register is the list of everyone who is registered to vote. You must be on the register to vote in elections and referendums. You are not automatically registered, even if you pay Council Tax.

You can register to vote at any time. If you’re not registered, for example, if you have moved home, you need to register either online at or by phone or on a paper form available from Electoral Services Unit on the number above.

Who has my personal details?

There are two versions of the register – the full version and the open version. Your details will appear on the full version of the register, but you can choose whether or not your details appear on the open register.

The full register is used for elections and referendums, preventing and detecting crime and checking applications for credit. The open register is available for general sale and can be used for commercial activities such as marketing.

Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

To be removed from the open register, please complete our online form or contact us at the address on this page.

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Contact details

Electoral Services Unit
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
City Hall
Centenary Square

Helpline : 01274 432287
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