How do I register to vote?
Registering to vote is simple. You can register to vote at any time of the year.
In England, Scotland and Wales, you can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
If you have recently moved house you will need to re-register at your new address to be eligible to vote there. If you have only changed your name, you should contact your local Electoral Registration Officer to request a change of name form. To find their contact details enter your postcode on www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.
In Northern Ireland the Chief Electoral Officer is responsible for compiling and maintaining the electoral register. Rather than household registration an individual can register at any time of the year. When registering to vote in Northern Ireland you have to provide personal identification information such as your date of birth and national insurance number. You can find out more at www.eoni.org.uk.
About the register
There are two versions of the register - the electoral register and the open register. Your details will appear on the full version of the register, but you can choose to exclude your details from the open register by choosing to 'opt out. The electoral register is used for elections, preventing and detecting crime, and checking applications for credit. The open register is available for general sale and can be used for commercial activities such as marketing.