Print imprints: Non-party campaigners at UK Parliamentary elections and elections in England, Wales and Northern Ireland


Under the Political Parties Elections and Referendums Act 2000 and the Representation of the People Act 1983, there are rules about putting imprints on printed election material. 

Whenever printed election material is produced, it must contain certain details (which we refer to as an ‘imprint’) to show who is responsible for the material. This helps to ensure there is transparency about who is campaigning. 

The rules on imprints can apply to all non-party campaigners, whether or not you are registered with the Electoral Commission. 

Different imprint rules apply for campaigners at Scottish Parliamentary elections and council elections in Scotland. Please see Imprints for non-party campaigners – Scottish Parliamentary elections and council election in Scotland for more details.

This factsheet explains the rules you must follow when campaigning in any other election.

Under the Elections Act 2022, imprints are also required on certain digital material. This factsheet does not cover that part of the law. For the imprint requirements on digital material, please see our statutory guidance on digital imprints.