Individual electoral registration

Please read our information on how we are supporting residents and businesses, as well as information on affected services.

We must be able to verify a person’s identity before they can be registered to vote.

  • Each person is responsible for their own registration.
  • Every applicant must give their name, current address, previous address, and nationality.
  • Each applicant must also give their date of birth and national insurance number.
  • If you don’t know your national insurance number, you can still apply and give a reason why you can’t supply it.
  • We will check applicant’s identity details against other records before we approve an application. 
  • If we cannot verify a person’s details, we will contact the applicant. We will ask them to either clarify details in their application. If necessary, we will ask the applicant to provide evidence to support their application. Evidence could be a passport or photo card driving licence
  • Anyone wanting to vote at an election by post or by proxy must first register. They will then need to apply separately to vote by post or proxy by the legal deadline in the election timetable.

The Electoral Commission has produced easy read information.

The household enquiry form

Householders are required to complete a household form, now called the household enquiry form (HEF) every year.

The form is an important way of making sure the register of electors is kept up to date.

From the information supplied on these HEF forms, we identify potential new electors. They are then sent an invitation to register (ITR) form to encourage them to become individually registered to vote.

Quicker and easier registration

Electoral registration can now be done online at If you prefer to complete a paper application, please contact us to request one.

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