The Open Register

The Open Register (also known as the Edited Register) is an extract of the Electoral Register, and is not used for elections.

Who can buy it?

The Open Register can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.

Who uses it?

It can be used by:

  • businesses checking the identity and address details of people who apply for their services such as insurance, goods hire and property rental, as well as when they shop online
  • businesses selling age-restricted goods or services, such as alcohol and gambling online, to meet the rules on verifying the age of their customers
  • charities and voluntary agencies, for example to help maintain contact information for those who have chosen to donate bone marrow and to help people separated by adoption to find each other
  • charities, to help with fundraising and contacting people who have made donations
  • debt-collection agencies when tracing people who have changed address without telling their creditors
  • direct-marketing firms when maintaining their mailing lists
  • landlords and letting agents when checking the identity of potential tenants
  • local councils when identifying and contacting residents
  • online directory firms to help users of the websites find people, such as when reuniting friends and families
  • organisations tracing and identifying beneficiaries of wills, pensions and insurance policies
  • private-sector firms to verify details of job applicants.

The personal data in the register must always be processed in line with data protection legislation.

Opt out

Your name and address will be included in the Open Register unless you opt out by asking for them to be removed. Removing your details from the Open Register would not affect your right to vote.

Opt out of the Open Register

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Updated: 3 February 2015