Can I register online?

  1. What is the full Electoral Register?
  2. What is the edited Register and how can I get my details removed from it?
  3. Am I eligible to register?
  4. How do I check if I am listed on the Register?
  5. Do I have to register? I do not intend to vote
  6. Does being on the Register affect my credit rating?
  7. How do I register?
  8. What documents do I need to send in with my form?
  9. Where can I obtain my National Insurance Number?
  10. I bank online - will you accept an online bank/credit card statement as proof of address?
  11. I made a mistake on my form. Do I need to get a new one?
  12. I’m a student living away from home. Can I register and, if so, where should I register?
  13. My address/name has changed. How do I update my details on the Register?
  14. Where do I return my form to?
  15. Can I email/fax my form to you?
  16. Can I register online?
  17. When will I be added to the Register?
  18. Will I receive confirmation when I'm added to the Register?
  19. How do I register as an Overseas Elector/Anonymous Elector/Service Voter/homeless person?
  20. I cannot complete the form due to a disability/I'm unable to read - can someone complete it for me?
  21. I'm on the Register but credit reference agencies can't find my details and I can't get credit
  22. Why are my registration details available on websites like 192.com?
  23. How can I get my details removed from the Register?

What is the full Electoral Register?

The full Register lists the name and address of everyone who is registered to vote. Anyone can inspect it, but it is a criminal offence to supply or use copies for purposes other than those set out in law. The main use of the full Register is to show who can vote in elections but it can be used for other purposes such as by credit reference agencies to check credit applications, by political parties for electoral purposes and for law enforcement.

The full Register is updated every month and a new version is published on 1 December each year. Any person who is eligible can register at any time and many are contacted by the Electoral Office as a result of information obtained from government bodies (such as the Business Services Organisation) regarding changes of residence.

Further information about the Register can be found on the About the Electoral Register and Updating the Electoral Register pages.

What is the edited Register and how can I get my details removed from it?

The edited Register (also known as the 'open Register') is available for general sale and can be used for any purpose including marketing.

If you do not want your name to appear on the edited Register you must tick the "edited Register" box on your registration form or notify us by email to info@eoni.org.uk.

Am I eligible to register?

Each person should register at the address where he or she is resident if they:

  • Are a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of a Member State of the European Union (click here for a list of countries).
  • Are over 17 or will turn 17 by 30 November 2017.

How do I check if I am listed on the Register?

Contact our Helpline on 0800 4320 712 to check if you are listed on the Register.

Do I have to register? I do not intend to vote

If you have been contacted by us and asked to complete a registration form it is an offence to refuse to do so or to provide false information.

Does being on the Register affect my credit rating?

Yes, the Register is used by credit reference agencies such as Experian and Equifax to check applications for credit. If you are not registered you may find it difficult to obtain credit for this reason.

How do I register?

You need to complete a registration form to be added to the Register. The form can be downloaded from the Register to vote page or contact us and we will post one out to you.

What documents do I need to send in with my form?

When your registration form is received by an Area Office, the details on the form will be checked against other government records such as the Department for Work and Pensions database.

If your details can be matched with other government records you will be added to the Register and you will receive a letter of confirmation.

If your details cannot be matched against other government records, you will be required to provide proof of your details (known as ‘registration evidence’). The evidence may be required for your:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • National Insurance Number
  • Nationality if you are not British or Irish

or a combination of these.

Any documents you send in must be originals - photocopies cannot be accepted. The Area Office will return your documents using the same method of postage used to send them in. If you prefer not to send them by post you can bring them into any Area Office, or someone can bring them on your behalf. Area Office addresses and opening hours are available on the Contact Us page.

Where can I obtain my National Insurance Number?

You can find it on the payslip you receive from your employer, benefit/pension details received from the Social Security Agency, your National Insurance Number card or your tax return/any correspondence from the Inland Revenue.  If you still cannot find your national insurance number you can obtain written confirmation of the number from the National Insurance Contribution Office (apply online at www.hmrc.gov.uk or phone their Helpline 0300 200 3502).

I bank online - will you accept an online bank/credit card statement as proof of address?

Yes as long as it has your name and address on it and is dated within the last three months.

I made a mistake on my form. Do I need to get a new one?

No, you can correct the mistake and initial the amendment. If you would prefer to use a new form, you can download one from the Register to vote page or contact us and we will post one out to you.

I’m a student living away from home. Can I register and, if so, where should I register?

Yes, you should register, and you can do so either at your term time address or at your home address in Northern Ireland.

If you wish to apply for a postal or proxy vote for the duration of your course you can download the application form from the Voting by post or proxy page. The form should be returned to the Area Office which covers your home address in Northern Ireland. Alternatively you can contact us and we will post the form out to you.

My address/name has changed. How do I update my details on the Register?

You will need to complete a registration form to update your details on the Register. Forms can be obtained from the Register to vote page or contact us and we will post one out to you.

Where do I return my form to?

You should return your form to your local Area Office, either by post or by hand. If you are unable to deliver the form personally someone can deliver it on your behalf.

Can I email/fax my form to you?

No, the law requires an original signature on the form so we cannot accept forms by email or fax.

Can I register online?

Online registration is not currently available in Northern Ireland, but it is due to be introduced by the end of 2016.

When will I be added to the Register?

The monthly deadlines for registering and the dates that applicants will be added to the register are detailed below. These deadlines are set in law.

If you return your form (and any required documents) by: You will be added to the Register on:
12 December 2016 3 January 2017
10 January 2017 1 February 2017
7 February 2017 1 March 2017
9 March 2017 3 April 2017
6 April 2017 2 May 2017
10 May 2017 1 June 2017
9 June 2017 3 July 2017
7 July 2017 1 August 2017
10 August 2017 1 September 2017
8 September 2017 2 October 2017
10 October 2017 1 November 2017
9 November 2017 1 December 2017

 

Will I receive confirmation when I'm added to the Register?

Yes the Area Office will send you written confirmation when you are added to the Register.

How do I register as an Overseas Elector/Anonymous Elector/Service Voter/homeless person?

Registration forms for these categories are available on the Special Category Registration page.

I cannot complete the form due to a disability/I'm unable to read - can someone complete it for me?

Yes, if you are unable to complete the form due to a disability or if you cannot read someone can complete it on your behalf. They will need to complete the Witness section at the bottom of the form if you are unable to sign it yourself.

If you wish to apply for a permanent postal or proxy vote on the grounds of disability you can download the application form on the Voting by post or proxy page. The form should be returned to your local Area Office. Alternatively you can contact us and we will post the form out to you.

I'm on the Register but credit reference agencies can't find my details and I can't get credit

Credit reference agency records are often not updated for several months but the Electoral Office has no control over this - we do not have a working relationship with the agencies beyond supplying them with the Register which they are entitled to purchase by law. Agencies receive the Register on 1 December each year and updates on the first working day of each month in between.

Sometimes agencies have difficulty finding someone living at an apartment as the address quoted to them can differ from the format of the address on the Register. If you contact us we can confirm the exact wording of your address on the Register and this may enable the agency to find your details.

If requested, your local Area Office can provide written confirmation that you are listed on the Register and you can provide a copy of this to the agency to prove you are registered, but we cannot contact the agency on your behalf.

Why are my registration details available on websites like 192.com?

Websites like 192.com use information from old electoral registers (before the edited register was introduced in 2003) and information from edited registers published since 2003 to compile and publish this data. If you do not tick the edited register box on the registration form or notify us in writing that you wish your details to be removed from the edited register your information will be available to them.

The information on these websites is often inaccurate but as we do not provide information to these companies we have no control over this. You can get your details removed from these websites by completing a removal request form (available on their website, not the EONI website).

You may wish to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner (www.ico.org.uk) if you feel your personal data is being improperly processed by the website concerned.

How can I get my details removed from the Register?

Once you are on the Register you can only be removed if you are no longer eligible to register (for example if you leave the country). Otherwise the law requires you to remain on the Register, even if you are not intending or are unable to vote.