The new system, called Individual Electoral Registration, means that everyone is now responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system, the head of the household could register everyone who lived at their address, but this has now changed.
The easiest way of registering is online. You will need a few details, including your national insurance number and date of birth to do this.
Registering is important – you need to register to be able to vote at the next election and have your say.
You could also experience difficulties obtaining credit. Credit reference agencies use the register to confirm where you live to help counteract fraud. So if you need a mobile phone contract, a loan or a mortgage, being on the electoral register will help your application.
Go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote for more information and to complete the online application.