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 fifteen 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, i.e. to 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, contact customer services on 020 8726 6300 and we will send you a copy, or download a form, see 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 five 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 continue to be classed as service voters. Their declarations and those of their spouses will no longer require proof.
If you need an application form to register as a service elector, contact customer services on 020 8726 6300 and we will send you a copy, or download the 'Armed Forces' form below.