How do I register to vote?
Registering to vote is simple. You can register to vote at any time of the year.
In England and Wales, you can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
In Scotland, you should fill in and print off a registration form available at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.
If you don't have a printer you will need to contact your local electoral registration officer and ask them to send you a form. You can find contact details by visiting www.aboutmyvote.co.uk and entering your postcode.
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 Electoral Registration Officer to update your details.
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.