Register to vote

Individual Electoral Registration

Individual Electoral Registration was introduced nationally in June 2014.

Under the old system the ‘head of every household’ could register everyone who lived at their address.

Each person is now responsible for registering themselves and to provide their date of birth and National Insurance number as identification.

Registration officers cross-check the information provided against national databases and other Council records before a person is added to the register.

Being on the electoral register could also improve an individual’s credit rating.

Annual Registration Canvass

The Council is currently conducting the annual registration canvass with a view to updating the Register of Electors from 1 December 2016.


How to Register to Vote – A Step by Step Guide for Barking and Dagenham Residents:

Register to vote online

Register to vote on

Fill in your personal information as requested.

You’ll need your National Insurance number, which can be found:

  • On your National Insurance card
  • In official paperwork such as payslips
  • In letters about benefits or tax credits

When your information is verified, we will send you an acknowledgment letter.

If it’s not possible to verify your details we will write to you requiring you to provide documentary evidence such as a valid passport or photo driving licence to enable us to determine your application for inclusion on the Electoral Register.

You can also register here if you are:

  • A British citizen living overseas
  • A member of HM Forces
  • A Crown servant
  • A British Council employee

You can apply for a postal or proxy vote at the same time.