There are 2 versions of the electoral register - the open register and the full version.
The full register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections.
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.
If you don’t want your details to appear on the open register you can opt out.
About the open register
The open register leaves out the names and addresses of those electors who have requested on their applications to register that their names be excluded from this version.
This version of the register can legally be sold to anyone and used for any purpose, including direct marketing. If you do not want your details sold on to anyone else, you should complete the opt out form.
If you do not opt out, your details will be shown on the open register which can be sold to direct marketing companies and anyone else who wants to buy it.
About the full register
The full register lists the names and addresses of everyone registered to vote.
Circulation of the full register is strictly limited to individuals and organisations listed in the Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001.
Recipients of the full register may only use it for the purposes specified by the regulations, which are for electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime, safeguarding national security or checking the identities of individuals who have applied for financial services.
It is a criminal offence for any recipient to disclose information from the full register or to use it for any other purposes than those set out above.
The full register is updated monthly between December and September through rolling registration.
The electoral register is updated monthly between January and September. This is known as rolling registration. The rolling registration timetable below shows the dates by which we must receive your application form for your details to be updated.
The final monthly update of the year takes place on 1 September. Applications to register for this update must be received by 10 August.
If you miss this deadline the next date on which you can register is 1 December when the revised electoral register is published.
If your registration details are updated on 1 September you must still return your annual registration form. Rolling registration will begin again following the publication of the revised electoral register on 1 December.
|Applications received by||Will be published on|
|Tuesday 29 March 2016
||Thursday 7 April 2016
|Tuesday 12 April 2016
||Thursday 21 April 2016
|Monday 18 April 2016
||Wednesday 27 April 2016
|Monday 16 May 2016
||Wednesday 25 May 2016
|Tuesday 31 May 2016
||Thursday 9 June 2016
|Tuesday 7 June 2016
||Thursday 16 June 2016
|Friday 8 July 2016
||Monday 1 August 2016
|Wednesday 10 August 2016
||Thursday 1 September 2016
|Tuesday 22 November 2016
||Thursday 1 December 2016
Inspection of the register
The government has introduced arrangements for inspecting the full register to ensure that information provided can be safeguarded.
The full register can only be viewed under supervision at the electoral services office at Brent Civic Centre, Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm.
It is an offence to make copies other than by hand written notes, and even then there are strict restrictions on what the information can be used for.
Misuse of data from the full register could lead to a fine of up to £5,000.
The British Library
The British Library has the national collection of printed electoral registers. They only hold the full versions of the register.