Individual Electoral Registration

The way we all register to vote has changed

Previously, the head of every household registered everyone who lived at their address to vote. Now, through Individual Electoral Registration, everyone has to register themselves.

How do I register under the new system?

Register to vote online at GOV.UK.

Fill in your name, address, date of birth and a few other details. You'll also need your national insurance number, which can be found on your national insurance card, or on official paperwork such as payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits. This makes the electoral register more secure.

Look out for a confirmation to say you are registered.

Can I opt-out of the open register?

Using information received by the public, registration officers keep two registers, the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).

The open register can be made available to businesses and individuals, so you may want to opt-out of being included. However, if you register to vote you can always opt-out of being in the open register.

If you change you mind, you can contact us to change your opt-out choice.

Promoting Individual Voter Registration

If you want to help us spread messages about the new system, find out how to promote individual voter registration (PDF 290KB).