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Electoral Register

Last updated 11 May 2015

Register to vote

Registering to vote online takes a few minutes, and you will only need your date of birth and National Insurance number.


Register to vote

Change your details on the Electoral Register

If you have moved, you will need to update your details on the Electoral Register.

Checking you are on the Electoral Register

  • Call Waltham Forest Direct on 020 8496 3000 between 9am- 5pm Monday-Friday
  • Ask them to check whether you are on the electoral register

Why you should register to vote

  • It gives you a say on important issues that affect you
  • If you don’t register, you can’t vote
  • It gives you a say on who represents you in your local council, the UK Parliament and Europe
  • Elections can be called at short notice, and if you’re not registered you won’t be able to vote
  • Across the world people have died and are dying fighting for the right to vote and be part of a democracy
  • Because it’s easier than you think

Why are there two registers?

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers – the electoral register and the open register (also known as the edited register).

The electoral register

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections.

It is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as detecting crime (e.g. fraud), calling people for jury service and checking credit applications.

The open register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.

Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

You can find more information about both registers and how they may be used at

Credit rating and the Electoral Register

If you are denied credit or are told you have a low credit score because your name is not on the Electoral Register, you can check the Register yourself via a public library, or purchase a certificate of Inclusion.

Find out more about resolving issues with your credit rating

Am I eligible to vote?

Before you register to vote, you need to find out whether you are eligible to vote. To be eligible to vote in an election you must be:

  • 18 years of age or over on polling day
  • Resident in the UK
  • On the electoral register
  • Not subject to any legal incapacity to vote
  • A British citizen, qualifying Commonwealth citizen or citizen of the Republic of Ireland

View a list of Commonwealth countries British overseas territories, and EU member states whose citizens are eligible to register to vote in the UK.

Members of HM Forces and their spouses, and Crown servants employed outside the United Kingdom can vote in elections.

EU citizens

If you are a European Union citizen but not a British, Irish or qualifying Commonwealth citizen, you can vote in local and mayoral elections but not in the general election.

Overseas electors

If you are an overseas elector, you can vote in the general election, but not in local and mayoral elections. You can choose to have your ballot paper sent to you overseas. However, it will only be sent out one or two weeks before an election, therefore, in order to ensure your vote is counted, you are strongly advised to vote by proxy.

For more information please visit About My Vote.

Sale of the Elector Register

The Electoral Register can be sold as a full or edited register.

The cost of purchasing a copy depends on how much of the register you require.

Please contact Electoral Services for further details.

Electoral Services charges 2014

Full register - published 17 February 2014

Type Charge
*In data format (183,224 electors) Price on application
*Paper copy Price on application
Overseas electors register in data format (21 electors) Price on application
Overseas electors register in paper copy Price on application
Each monthly update in data format  Price on application
Each monthly update on paper Price on application
Copy of street index Price on application

Open register – published 17 February 2014

Type Charge
*In data format (102,912 electors) Price on application
*Paper copy Price on application

Confirmation letters

Type Cost
One year registration confirmation letter (voter) Price on application
Charges for items below are payable in advance
One year commercial company/solicitor/lawyer charge Price on application
Up to 5 years back search and confirmation letter (voter) Price on application
Back search and confirmation letter (commercial companies) Price on application
6-10 years back search and confirmation letter (voter) Price on application
Over 10 years up to 25 years (voter). Over 25 years POA Price on application
Each A4 page photocopying Price on application
Certificate of Life or forms requiring LBWF stamp Price on application

* Prices include relevant handling charges. Postage incurs an additional charge

Certificate of Life

We can also provide "Certificates of Life" for pensioners who receive a war pension from abroad where a form requires an official body to confirm that the person in receipt of the payment is still alive.

If you want to use this service, please call in to our office and bring your passport. Once we have checked you are on our register, we will stamp the form to confirm that we have seen you.

The charge for this service is £5. Where possible please provide an English translation of your documentation.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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Contact details

  • Electoral Services

    London Borough of Waltham Forest Waltham Forest Town Hall Forest Road Walthamstow
    E17 4JF
    Phone: 020 8496 3000
    Fax: 020 8523 4588