Northern Ireland - Register as a Voter
- 1 Procedure
- 2 Required Documents
- 3 Office Locations & Contacts
- 4 Eligibility
- 5 Fees
- 6 Validity
- 7 Documents to Use
- 8 Sample Documents
- 9 Processing Time
- 10 Related Videos
- 11 Instructions
- 12 Required Information
- 13 Need for the Document
- 14 Information which might help
- 15 Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- 16 External Links
- 17 Others
Those who would like to register will need to contact the Electoral Office of Northern Ireland (EONI) and obtain a registration form or download an online form. The EONI has seven Area Electoral Offices in addition to the Headquarters in Belfast. You can register in the office most convenient for you.
There are two versions of the electoral register:
- the 'full register' is mainly used for elections, but can also be used for other purposes such as preventing and detecting crime, and checking applications for loans or credit
- the 'edited register' is available for general sale and can be used for marketing and other commercial activities
Your name and address will automatically appear on the full register, but you can choose to have your name omitted from the edited register by ticking a box on the registration form.
Electoral Office Helpline (if you would like to check if you are registered): 0800 4320 712
The staff will be able to tell you whether you are registered at your current address and, if not, what you need to do.
The Electoral Register is continually updated using information obtained from electors and various organisations such as government bodies and schools.
The publication of updates is released on the first working day of each month and a revised version of the Register is published on 1 December each year. There is no annual canvass of electors in Northern Ireland.
- Completed registration form
Office Locations & Contacts
Electoral Office for Northern Ireland
St Anne's House
15 Church Street
Phone number: 0800 4320 712 (freephone) or 028 9044 6688
Fax: 028 9033 0661
Email address: [email protected]
You may register as a voter if you are:
- a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of a Member State of the European Union
- 17 or over (though you are only eligible to vote when you are 18 or over)
- living in Northern Ireland for at least three months prior to your application for registration
Any person who is eligible can register at any time.
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Need for the Document
The register of electors (sometimes called the 'electoral roll') is a list of the names and addresses of everyone in Northern Ireland who is registered to vote. Your name should be on the electoral register to be able to vote in Northern Ireland elections and referendums.
Having your name in the electoral register will enable you to vote in various types of election:
- UK Parliament
- European Parliament
- local government
- Northern Ireland Assembly
Following are procedures on how you can register as a voter in Northern Ireland.
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Other uses of the Document/Certificate
- After registering you can also get a free Electoral Identity Card which is widely accepted as proof of identity for domestic travel and opening a bank account.
- The electoral register is also used by credit reference agencies to check applications for credit.
- The electoral register is also used to pick people at random for jury service.
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