The electoral and open registers

Using information received from the public, registration officers keep two registers - the electoral register and the open (edited) register.

The registers are published on 1 December each year and updated every month.

The electoral register

The electoral register lists the names and addresses of everyone who is registered to vote in public elections.

The register is used for electoral purposes, such as making sure only eligible people can vote.

It is also used for other limited purposes specified in law, such as:

  • detecting crime (e.g. fraud)
  • calling people for jury service
  • checking credit applications

The open register

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections. It can be bought by any person, company or organisation. For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.

Your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

Find more information about both registers and how they may be used.

Public Inspection of the Electoral Register

Electoral registration is managed locally by the local electoral registration office for each area.

The only way you can view the electoral register is in person at our council offices. There is no official centralised register that can be searched online.

This service is by appointment only and will be under the supervision of a member of staff.  Handwritten notes may be made but any other copying or recording (including photographing by mobile phone) is not permitted.

During busy periods, appointments to view the register will be limited (depending on staff availability) but we will try to find a suitable time and date during our office hours.

To make an appointment to view the current register.  Contact the Electoral Services Office on 0191 643 2270 or e-mail:

The register can be viewed at North Tyneside Council’s main offices.

Quadrant East
The Silverlink North
Cobalt Business Park
NE27 0BY

Searching the register

The electoral register is organised by polling district, with each polling district listed alphabetically by street name.

It is not possible to search the register by name. You need to have some idea of where in North Tyneside the property or person you are trying to find is located.

Historic versions of the register

We do not hold historic electoral registers for public viewing. You can view historic versions of the electoral register at either:
The Central Library in North Shields
The British Library in London

Tracing family members or friends

If you are trying to find a family member or friend, you may find some of the services listed below useful.

The services and information on them is not provided by us, and a fee may be payable to use them.

Name searches
BT Exchanges
Infobel UK

Address searches
Royal Mail address & postcode search

Information relating to adoptions
Adoption Search Reunion

Public records (UK Government information)
The National Archives

Armed Forces
Forces Reunited
Royal British Legion

Other search services
Look4Them (Missing people)
Genes Reunited (Family history)
Missing You (General Search)

Supply of registers

Supply of the full register

Supply of copies of the full register and associated documents is limited to those individuals and organisations prescribed in legislation and includes :

  • Elected representatives (MPs, local councillors, elected mayors etc)
  • Registered political parties
  • Candidates and agents at various elections
  • National Crime Agency and Police Forces in Great Britain
  • Jury Central Summoning Bureau
  • Government depts and bodies (on payment of the prescribed fee)
  • Credit reference agencies (on payment of the prescribed fee) – must provide evidence that they are carrying on the business of providing credit reference services and must be registered with the FCA

There are restrictions on the recipients’ use of the full register.

Supply of the edited register

The edited register can be sold to anyone requesting it on payment of the prescribed fee.

Information on the fees payable for all registers can be obtained by contacting us on 0191 643 2270 or e mailing

Further information on who has access to the registers and the restrictions in place can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

Your personal information and how we use it

Please see the Privacy Notice below about the use of your personal information.

This Privacy Notice explains why we ask for personal information, how that information will be used and who we will share this information with. 

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