There are two types of electoral register.

The electoral register (full register)

When you register to vote, your name goes on the electoral register, which is a list of people eligible to vote.

This is a securely held list of names and addresses. It is used for limited purposes specified in law, such as: elections, detecting crime (eg fraud) and checking credit applications.

The register is available for public viewing at:

The open register

This is an extract of the electoral register.

It can be sold to anyone on request such as businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name will be included in the open register unless you ask for it to be removed.

Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

How to opt in or out of the open register

Fill in our simple online form

Clock Completing the form takes around 5 minutes.

Apply online

After you've applied

Your name and address will not be on the open register if you have opted out.

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Other ways to opt in or out

Download and fill in Opt in or out of the open register