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How long does it take?
The electoral register is updated once a month but it may take longer to be registered. Find out more about registration times
Proof of identity
Under the new Individual Electoral Registration (IER) rules you will need to provide identifying information, such as your date of birth and national insurance number, when applying to register and your application will need to be verified before you are added to the register. If you don't have this information you can provide a different kind of evidence of your identity.
There are two lists of registered voters – the full register and the open register (also known as the edited register).
The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections. The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other legal purposes.
The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.
You can permanently opt out of the open register by completing our online form: Permanently opt out of the open register. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
Your personal information
We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes. We will look after personal information securely and we will follow the Data Protection Act 1998. We will not give personal information about you and the other people in your house.
If your details appear on the open register and want to have them removed please contact the Electoral Services team.