How to Register to Vote

How to Register to Vote

The Electoral Registration Officer compiles and publishes a new register every year.

The way we all register to vote has changed

  • Every person is now responsible for registering themselves individually. 

  • We can send you a paper application form or you can register online. (Opens in a New Window)

  • All the information supplied in your application is subject to verification before it is accepted.

  • You may be asked for further information to support your application.

  • You can also register online as an overseas or a HM forces voter.

  • If you wish to register as an anonymous elector, you cannot register online, please visit the Your Vote Matters website (Opens in a New Window) for more information about the anonymous registration process.

  • Details can be updated at any time between January and the beginning of August and will take effect on a monthly basis.

  • You can check if you are already registered to vote at your address by completing and submitting a Am I registered to vote? form. (Opens in a New Window)

What do I need to do to register to vote?

  • Visit the GOV.UK website (Opens in a New Window) or use a printed application form.

  • Complete the application in full, making sure to include your full name, address, date of birth and national insurance number.  Your national insurance number can be found on your national insurance card, payslips and letters about benefits or tax credits.  If you have lost or cannot find your national insurance number, you can find out how to retrieve it on  the GOV.UK website. (Opens in a New Window)

  • Once you have submitted your application, we have to verify the details you provide to complete your registration.  If we can't verify your details, we will ask you to provide documentary evidence, such as a copy of your passport or driving licence.

  • Look out for a confirmation to say that your application has been accepted or a request for more information to allow us to complete your registration.

Updating the Electoral Register and confirming your details

  • Each year, every property in the borough will receive a Household Enquiry form to update the details we hold on the electoral register - monthly updates are suspended at this point.  Any new applications to register to vote received at this time will take effect in December when the new electoral register is published.
  • You must respond to the Household Enquiry form every year, even if the information hasn't changed.  When you receive this form you should:

    • Check all the details printed on the form
    • Confirm that the details are correct by using the telephone registration service detailed on the form, or
    • Confirm or amend the details by using the internet registration service detailed on the form or by completing and returning the form by post.
  • Any new elector added to the Household Enquiry form must also complete an application to register to vote.

  • Initial forms are posted at the end of July, reminder forms in August and then canvassers make personal visits to non responding properties between September and November.

Privacy Notice

Please view the privacy notice for electoral registration. (.pdf) (31KB) (Opens in a New Window)

Electoral Services
tel: 0115 917 3276