Register to vote
Registering to vote
Registering to vote is straightforward and only takes a few minutes.
Register to vote
- Fill in your name, address, date of birth and the other details you are asked for. You'll also need your National Insurance number, which can be found on your National Insurance card, or in official paperwork such as payslips, letters about benefits or tax credits.
- Once we've checked your details, we'll send you a letter to confirm if you've been added to the electoral register.
Who can register to vote?
You can register to vote if you are:
- 16 years old or over (although you can’t vote until you are 18); and
- a British or Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Irish Republic or other European Union state: List of eligible countries (PDF 89KB)
To verify your identity, the data you provide will be processed by the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service, which is managed by the Cabinet Office. As part of this process, your data will be shared with the Department of Work and Pensions and the Cabinet Office suppliers that are data processors for the Individual Electoral Registration Digital Service.
You can find more information about this on the Government website.
For more information on what to do if you're away or cannot go to your polling station on election day, please visit our Absent voting page.
The electoral register and the open register
There are two versions of the electoral register – the open register and the full version.
Notice of intention to publish a revised register of electors on 1 March 2017 (PDF 123KB)
Opting out of the open register
The Open Register is an extract of the Electoral Register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name 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.
To be removed from the open register, download and complete the Opting out of the open register form (PDF 6KB).
The full register
Everyone’s name and address goes on the full version of the electoral register. The full version of the register is only used for:
- preventing and detecting crime (for example, fraud)
- calling people for jury service
- checking credit applications
A full version of the electoral register is held at The Forum in Hemel Hempstead and can be viewed by anyone under supervision.
Registering to vote anonymously
You may be able to register anonymously if you can show that there’s a good reason, such as you’re concerned about your safety.
Your details won’t appear on either version of the electoral register if you register anonymously.
Please contact us to find out if you can register anonymously. You will need to provide documentary evidence to support your application.
01442 228000 and ask for Electoral Services