You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Prior to June 2014, the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who lived at an address. However, the process has now changed, everyone is now responsible for registering themselves on the Electoral Register.
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. Your application will need to be verified with Government records before you are added to the register. If your details are not matched then you may be asked to provide an alternative form of evidence to prove your identity (for example a Passport, Photo Driving Licence, Biometric Residence Permit or National Identity Card). If you have the facility to scan documents, then we do accept a clear scanned copy and it must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
You can contact our Electoral Services department by using the contact details below.