Register to vote

Anonymous registration

Why register anonymously?

If you feel that having your name on the register of electors may put you at risk, you can apply to be entered anonymously. 

For example, some people feel that being on the register could affect their safety. They register anonymously if they:

  • are escaping from domestic violence
  • have a job that requires them to keep their identity private   

If your application is accepted, your name and address will not be shown. Any person living with you can also apply to vote in this way. 

What you need to do

You will need to complete a form giving the reason you are applying for anonymous registration.

The law says you must provide documentary evidence in the form of a court order or injunction. Any court order or injunction must be for the protection or the benefit of you or another person in your household.

If you do not have either of these, your application must be supported by one of the following people:

  • a police officer of or above the rank of inspector of any police force in the UK
  • the director general of the Security Service or the National Crime Agency
  • a director of adult social services or children’s services in England or a director of social services in Wales
  • any chief social work officer in Scotland
  • any director of social services of a Health and Social Services Board or executive director of social work of a Health and Social Services Trust in Northern Ireland
  • any medical practitioner who is registered with the General Medical Council
  • any nurse or midwife who is registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • a person who manages a refuge (a ‘refuge’ means accommodation together with a planned programme of therapeutic and practical support for victims of, or those at risk of, domestic abuse or violence)

Nobody else may attest an application for anonymous registration.

To apply to register anonymously please contact a member of the Electoral Services Office on 020 7361 3444.

Last updated: 29 November 2019