Register to Vote

Everyone is now responsible for registering themselves to vote. If you have moved house in the last 12 months or do not know if you are registered, you can register to vote online here now.


Why Register?

  • You must be on the electoral register to vote
  • By law, you must register to vote or you could be fined up to £80
  • If you are not on the register you may find it harder to get a loan, mortgage, finance agreement, or even a mobile phone contract as the register is used by credit reference agencies

Who can register?


You can register to vote if you are:

  • 16 or older (although you can't vote until you're 18)
  • Living at an address in Redcar and Cleveland
  • a British citizen; or
  • an Irish, qualifying Commonwealth, or European Union citizen living in the UK
If you are student living away from home, you can register at both your home and university term time address. Registering to vote at your term time address means you can choose where you vote.

You can still register to vote if you have no fixed address. You will need something called a 'declaration of local connection' to show that you are connected to and spend time at a particular place. Please contact Electoral Services for more information.

Use the government register to vote online service to:

It takes less than 5 minutes and saves the Council money on printing and postage.

You will need your National Insurance number and date of birth. Your National Insurance number can be found on your National Insurance card or letter, or on official paper work such as payslips or letters about tax or benefits. If you cannot find your National Insurance number, visit https://www.gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number

If you haven't been given a National Insurance number, you will need to provide a reason when applying. We will then contact you to provide further evidence as to your identity.

If you are unable to complete the application online, contact us on 01642 774 774 for a paper form.

Everyone is responsible for registering themselves to vote and the only way to do it is by either going online or by completing an 'Invitation to Register' form. Electoral Registration is a completely separate process and you will not automatically be registered to vote by any other contact you have with us, such as when you pay Council Tax or Housing Benefit.

When we receive your application, we have to check your identity against Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) and other records, so applying does not mean that you will be automatically registered. Once we have checked your details, you will receive a letter from us either confirming that you are registered, or asking you for more information.

If you move house, you must re-register to vote.


Register to vote


The electoral register is only updated at certain times of the year - generally the first of every month, apart from in October and November. There are strict deadlines which mean that you can only be added to the register if we receive your application on time and we have all the information we need to process it.


The Open Register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but it is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote. If you would like to remove your name from the open version of the Electoral Register, you can contact us by phone (01642 774 774) or email electoral_registration@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk, with your address and name, and we will confirm in writing once the request has been actioned.

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Last updated:
16/06/2017

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