Register to Vote

Household Enquiry Canvass

We are currently conducting our annual canvass of all households in Glasgow.  Every household is issued with a form that details the names of the current electors and their voter information (their nationality, absent vote and open register status).

You need to respond to the Household Enquiry Form even if your information is correct and there are no changes to your household. 

The easiest and most cost efficient way to do this is to go online. If your form includes a security code and password please respond here or by clicking the respond button on the right hand side.

Some forms do not have a security number and password and this is because there are more than 9 electors resident.  If your form doesn't have a security code and password you can still complete your response online at

If you have provided your response to the Household Enquiry Form and there are new residents in the property that are eligible to register they can complete an application by clicking on the Register to Vote link.

If you want to change your status on the Open Register please use the link to submit your request.

This information will be used to produce the full electoral register on 1 December 2016.

If you require any assistance please contact our office, our phone lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. 

How can I register?

You can register-to-vote here.

*Crown servants, British council employees and members of the armed forces can also use this link*

The electoral registration office can also be contacted on 0141 287 4444 and a member of staff will complete the application process for you over the phone.

You can also download paper copies of the registration forms and send them by post.

Remember every time you move address you need to register again.

What will I need to provide?

You will need to provide your National Insurance number, date of birth and nationality when you register for your identity to be verified.

If you have lost or forgotten your National Insurance number you can phone the National Insurance helpline on 0300 200 3500.  They will not provide your details over the phone but they will post them to you.  For more information visit

Who can register to vote?

You can register to vote from 15 years of age and your details will be added to the register from the date you become eligible, usually your 16th birthday.

You will not be able to vote until you become eligible which depends on the type of election.

In order to vote in an election you must meet the following requirements:

  • Your name must be on the Electoral Register

  • You must be 16 or over for Scottish Elections and 18 or over for UK Elections

  • You must be a British, Irish or European Union citizen.  

  • Or a Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK.

  • You must not be legally incapable of voting.

    Citizens of the European Union and Peers have restricted voting rights.

What happens if I don't register?

You must register if you're asked to do so, if you don't you could be fined £80.

Please let us know if you have a valid reason for not registering, such as:

  • long term hospital stay
  • severe learning difficulties
  • legally incapable
  • not an EU or Commonwealth citizen

How do I check if I am on the register?

The only way to check if you are on the electoral register is to contact the Electoral Registration Office direct.  This information is not available online and we can only provide details relevant to you, details of other electors cannot be disclosed.

Have you changed your name?

If you have changed your name and need to update the Electoral Register you need to complete a Change of Name form and provide documentary evidence. 

You can return forms by post to address on form or visit the Service Desk at 45 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JE.  Please do not provide original documents, copies are accepted. 

Alternatively you can scan your completed application and evidence an email as an attachment to

pdf icon Download form here [287kb]

Can I register to vote anonymously?

If you are concerned that having your name or address on the register may affect your safety, there is an option to register as anonymous and your name and address will not appear on the register.

Applicants need documentary evidence of a court order or attestation from certain qualified persons to support their application.

Please contact us if you require further information and for an application form.

What if I don't have a fixed address?

You can still register to vote if you have no fixed address. This may be because you are:

  • A patient in a mental health hospital.
  • A homeless person.
  • A person remanded in custody.

You have to complete a declaration of local connection form, please contact us for further information and for a form to be provided if your circumstances are relevant to this situation.

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