En vidéo - European elections

Are people automatically registered to vote at age 18?

Publié le 18 avril 2024 - Directorate for Legal and Administrative Information (Prime Minister)

I will be 18 soon, is my registration on the electoral rolls automatic? Do I need to meet certain conditions? How can you register? Service-Public.fr provides an update on the issue.

Vidéo - Are people automatically registered to vote at age 18?
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Conversation with friends, via SMS:

- Are you going to vote in the next election?

- I'd like to. I have to go register for the town hall...

- No need, as soon as you are 18 years old, you will be officially registered on the electoral rolls. It's automatic.

Received wisdom: At 18, am I automatically registered to vote?

True, this is not a conventional wisdom.

Yes, when you turn 18, you will be automatically registered to vote.

But there is one condition: you must have done your citizen census beforehand.

This is a step to make with your city hall from the age of 16.

If, at age 18, you have not yet completed your citizen census, and you wish to vote, you will have to register to vote.

You can make this registration on the Service-public.fr website, or by mail to send to your city hall, or by going directly on site.

You will need to provide proof of domicile and proof of identity.

If you are unsure about your registration in your municipality (for example, in case of a move or if you have lost your voter card), or if you just want to check your polling station, you can use the online service called "Query your electoral situation" on the website Service-public.fr.

The European elections will take place on 9 June 2024.

Voter registration is automatic for 18-year-olds who register citizen census. This is something that should be done at age 16.

If you have not yet completed your citizen census, you must register to vote. This registration may online (up to 1er May 2024), in town hall or by post (until May 3, 2024).


automatic registration is done on the voters list of the place of residence you declared during your census. If you moved since your census, you have to apply to be registered on the electoral lists of your new municipality.

Please note

if your 18th birthday is between may 4 and june 18, you are automatically registered to vote, provided you have completed your census at 16.

In case of doubt, you can check your registration on the voters' lists through the online service "Questioning your electoral situation".