Voting if you live overseas

If you’re a British citizen living overseas you may be able to register to vote at UK Parliamentary elections and other national polls. 

To apply, you must be a British citizen currently living abroad and meet one of the following criteria:

  • You have been registered to vote in the UK within the previous 15 years.
  • You were too young to register to vote when you left the UK.

Register to vote

Renewing your registration

Once you're registered, you must renew your registration as an overseas voter every year as long you're still eligible.

We'll send you a letter to remind you to renew your registration each year.

We'll remind you by email if you tell us your email address when you register.

If you do not renew your registration, you’ll be removed from the electoral register and will need to make a new application to register to vote.

British citizens living overseas – ‘Votes for Life’

Under the Elections Act 2022, voting rights for British citizens living overseas are changing from late 2023. 

Under the Act, the 15-year registration limit will be removed and British citizens living overseas will be able to register to vote at UK Parliamentary elections, regardless of when they left the UK.

Steps will be taken to inform British expats about the changes to their voting rights. A plan for communications with British citizens living abroad, including activities by the Electoral Commission and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), is in development.