Full and open registers
There are 2 registers:
- the electoral register
- the open register (also known as the edited register)
The electoral register
The names and addresses of everyone registered to vote appears on the register. We use the register to make sure only eligible people can vote. It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:
- detecting crime and fraud
- calling people for jury service
- checking credit applications
The open register
This is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. Any person, company or organisation can buy a copy of this register. It its used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details. Your name and address is included in the open register. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.
Remove your name from the open register
You can request that your name and address is excluded from the open register on a permanent basis by writing to or emailing your request to the electoral registration officer, contact details below. Make sure you include your name and home address.
- you cannot do this on behalf of another person
- each individual must inform the electoral registration officer separately that they want to do this
Removing your name from the open register does not remove you from the full electoral register used for electoral and other statutory purposes.
Your personal information
We will only use the information you give us for electoral purposes. Personal information is held in agreement with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
We will not share information about you or other people in your household unless we have to by law.
Viewing the electoral register
Copies of the electoral register and archive are viewable at:
Research Room (Ground Floor), Museum of Croydon, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET.
In order to view the current electoral register, or any less than 10 years old, you need to book a 1-hour appointment slot, choosing ‘Current Register of Electors’. You must do so a week in advance. Please ensure you bring I.D. with you which we will hold for the duration of your visit. Upon viewing the register, you must sign a disclaimer; please see an example of this below.
If you wish to view Electoral Registers older than 10 years you must book this as a ‘Local Studies & Archives collections access’ appointment on the online booking form. Opening hours are Tuesday from 1pm to 5pm and Wednesday to Saturday from 10.30am to 5pm.
Certificate of life
If you need us to certify your certificate of life, then you do not need to book an appointment. You can visit Access Croydon any time during our standard opening hours:
- Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm
Please bring the application form and one of the following photographic IDs:
- valid UK driving licence
- current passport
- freedom pass
- biometric residents’ permit