Voting if you live abroad
You can register as an overseas voter to vote in a UK Parliamentary election if you are:
- A British citizen living outside the UK who has been registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years, or
- An Irish citizen living outside the UK who was born in Northern Ireland and who has been registered to vote in Northern Ireland within the last 15 years
If you were too young to register when you left the UK, you can still register as an overseas voter. You can do this if your parent or guardian was registered to vote in the UK, as long as you left the UK no more than 15 years ago.
An overseas registration lasts 12 months and you must renew your registration each year. We will remind you to do so before your declaration expires.
If you do not renew your registration within the required deadline then it will expire and you will need to register to vote again.
You can register as an overseas elector at gov.uk/register-to-vote for the address where you were last registered to vote in the UK. If you are unsure about anything to do with your registration status, please contact us.
Electoral services contact details
Our opening times are:
Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 5.15pm
Friday 8.45am to 4.45pm