Registration FAQs

Has the registration system changed?

The electoral registration system in Great Britain has changed. The new system is called Individual Electoral Registration or IER. This began on 10 June 2014 in England and Wales.

Do I need to do anything / do I need to re-register?

Most people who are currently registered to vote have been registered automatically under the new system. They do not need to do anything and will continue to be registered to vote as usual. We sent a letter in July 2014 to let these people know that they were registered under the new system.

I’ve been registered for ages, why do I have to re-register?

Most people were registered automatically under the new system. This happened because local electoral registration staff compared the names on their electoral registers to government records to confirm who people are. This has been done carefully through a secure system that has been tested thoroughly.

Some people could not be matched against government records and therefore could not be transferred automatically to the new register. For example, they may have moved home or changed their personal details since the record was last updated.

I received an Invitation to register, can I still vote if I don’t register?

If you have received a letter to say that you need to re-register to vote, it is important that you respond. You can register by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by returning the form included with the letter. It is important that you re-register as soon as possible as you will lose your vote.

Do I need to re-register each year?

You don’t need to register again unless you change address. You should however return the form that you will receive every year that confirms who is living in your household. You should also inform us if any of your details (such as your name) change.

I moved house, am I still registered?

When you move home you need to register at your new address. You can do this at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Can I register at two addresses?

Normally people are registered at their permanent home address. Students may register at both their term-time and non-term-time address. If you are living somewhere temporarily but have a permanent address elsewhere, you should register at the permanent address.

Must I register and what happens if I don’t?

If we have invited you to register to vote it is important that you respond. If you don’t, we will send you reminders through the post and someone will visit your home. At the end of this process we may send you a requirement to register; if you fail to do so without providing adequate reason why you have not, you may be fined £80. Not being registered can also impact on applications for mortgages or mobile phones, since credit reference agencies use the register to validate applications.

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