You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Everyone is now responsible for registering themselves. Prior to June 2014, the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who lived at their address. However, the process has now changed.
Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was introduced by the Government in June 2014 to make the process more secure. Under IER each person is now required to register to vote individually, rather than by household.
Under IER you need to provide 'identifying information', such as your date of birth and national insurance number, when applying to register and your application will need to be verified with Government records before you are added to the register. Anyone unable to supply this information can provide an alternative form of evidence of their identity.
To ensure that delays do not occur in your registration, it may be advisable for you to submit a piece of documentary evidence with your application, taken from the table in the ‘Documents required to support registration applications’ list.
Your national insurance number can be found on:
If you haven’t been given a national insurance number, you will need to provide a reason when applying. We will then contact you to provide evidence as to your identity.
If you have received a letter telling you that you are registered to vote you do not need to do anything. You will receive the poll card before the next elections.