The way you register to vote has changed. Previously, you may have been registered as part of a household, however now you must be registered individually. You can register to vote online.
If you need help to register online, you can visit our Customer Contact Centre in the Town Hall Extension, Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5DB or you can visit a local library.
If you don't want to register online you can download and print a paper form from the gov.uk website. Alternatively you can call us on 0161 234 1212 to have one posted out to you.
As well as your date of birth, you'll need your National Insurance number to register. You can find your National Insurance Number on your National Insurance card, or in official paperwork like payslips, or letters about benefits or tax credits. You can find a lost national insurance number on the gov.uk website or alternatively you can contact the National Insurance Numbers helpline on 0300 200 3502.
If you can't provide your National Insurance number you'll be asked to explain why during your application. We'll then contact you to request further evidence to assist us in verifying your identity. Between 18 May and 15 June 2016, you can take this evidence to your local registration hub for validation.
Filling out a registration form or applying to vote online, doesn't automatically add you to the electoral register. We have to check your details first, then you'll receive a letter from us either confirming that you're registered, or asking you for more information.
To check if you're already on the electoral register, call us on 0161 234 1212 or alternatively use our online checking service.