If your personal safety or the safety of someone in your household would be at risk from your name and address appearing on the electoral register, you may be able to register anonymously. Anonymous electors are shown with a letter ‘N’ on the register, and their names and addresses never appear on any public register. Anonymous registration was introduced in 2007 and new rules have come into force in March 2018. However the requirements for registering in this way are still relatively strict and are set out in law.
To qualify, you will need to make an application that includes evidence which demonstrates that your safety, or that of someone in the same household as you, would be at risk if your name and address were on the electoral register. This evidence can take one of two forms:
- A court document that is for your protection or someone in your household; or
- An authorised person signing your application form. This is known as an ‘attestation’.
More information on the range of court documents that can be used and the persons who are qualified to sign an attestation can be found at the Electoral Commission website.
Please note: The qualifying officer does not have to be based in the same area as the applicant, but the attestation cannot be delegated to a more junior person within their organisation.
If you would like to apply to register in this way, please contact our Electoral Services team to request an application form. This type of application must be renewed annually and you will need to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number on the application.
Please note that anonymous registrations will not appear on annual canvass communications sent to properties. However, this does not necessarily mean that you are not registered. Please contact Electoral Services to check before making any response to your canvass communication, to avoid unnecessary duplicate registrations or any delay in responding which would result in a visit to your property.