Registering to vote

You need to be registered to vote in UK elections and referendums. Everyone who is registered to vote is listed on the electoral register.

A new electoral registration system called Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was brought in recently. This means:

  • you are now responsible for registering yourself to vote.
  • you need to provide your national insurance number and date of birth
  • you can now register online

Who can register

To register to vote, you must:

  • Be resident in the electoral area
  • Be a qualifying British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen 
  • Be 15 or over on 30 November 2015 (you must be 16 or over to vote in the Scottish Parliamentary or Local Government Elections and 18 or over to vote in the UK or European Parliamentary Elections )
  • Not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote

Other groups can register to vote in special circumstances:

How to register

Register of Electors

Everyone who is registered to vote is listed on the electoral register.

The Electoral Registration Officer keeps an electoral register and an open register (also known as the edited register) using information provided by the public.

Related Information

Contact Details


Electoral Registration Officer

Carmont House
The Crichton
Bankend Road

Tel: 01387 260627
Fax: 01387 260632
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More Information

External Links

Contact Dumfries and Galloway Council T: 030 33 33 3000

Council Offices
English Street

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