Overseas and service electors
British citizens living abroad
If you are a British citizen, you can register as an overseas elector for a period of 15 years after the last year in which your name appeared in the electoral register as living in the UK.
You will then be entitled to vote at UK Parliamentary and European Parliamentary elections, but not local government elections, so you will not be able to vote in local elections in the London Borough of Croydon, for the Mayor of London or to the Greater London Assembly.
Once an application has been approved, it must be renewed every year. The electoral services office will send overseas electors a reminder form for this purpose.
If you need an application form to register as an overseas elector, call 020 8726 6300 and we will send you a form, or download a form below.
HM armed forces
Service personnel and their wives, husbands and civil partners have the option of making a service declaration, which means that they will remain registered for 5 years. After that period, it must be renewed. The electoral services office will send a reminder form for this purpose.
Crown servants and British Council employees are classed as service voters. Their declarations and those of their spouses do not require proof.
If you need an application form to register as a service elector, call 020 8726 6300 and we will send you a copy, or download the armed forces form below.