Individual Electoral Registration

How Individual Electoral Registration works and who can register.

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.

How to opt-out of the open register

Complete the online form to change your open register status.

Or you can send an email to and provide your name and address and state whether you want to opt in or out of the open (edited) register.

The open register can be bought by any person, company or organisation. Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.