Individual Electoral Registration
On 10 June 2014, the way in which you register to vote changed as the Government introduced 'Individual Electoral Registration' (IER) across the country.
Under IER, everyone in the household who is eligible to vote is responsible for registering themselves.
The new process will make the electoral register more secure and interesting.
How to register
If you are registering to vote for the first time, you will need to provide your name, national insurance number and date of birth. Under IER you will be able to do this online. Once your details have been checked, you will be added to the register.
Registering will be easy and will only take approximately 5 minutes.
You can register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
You will need to fill in your name, address, date of birth, and your National Insurance number along with a few other details.
If you don't know your National Insurance number, you can find it on payslips, NI card etc.
If you're not on the register, you cannot vote and won't have a say in how the country is run.
Being on the register is proof of your identity and is often used by credit reference agencies and mortgage companies. These companies check the register when people apply for credit, in order to counteract fraud.
If you don’t respond to requests for information from us, you could be at risk of receiving a fine.
For further help and understanding of IER and the registration process, see our FAQs.