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Invitation to Register (ITR)

Invitation to Register forms are sent out to individuals who are not currently on the electoral register. We send out ITR's when a new person or persons are included on a Household Enquiry Form.

I have received an ITR, what do I need to do?

You will need to complete the Invitation to Register to join the electoral register the easiest way to do this is through the central government website at

Alternatively you can complete and return the paper form.

Why have I received an ITR form?

We will send out an Invitation to Register form where we have been told about someone living within the Borough who is eligble to vote but is not currently on the electoral register.

I have received an ITR despite having recently completed a Household Enquiry Form, why?

The Household Enquiry Form is not a means of registration and we are required to send a follow-up with an Invitation to Register, if you are not already registered so that you can vote in future elections.

Everyone must be individually registered and the easy way to do so is on the central government website

Alternatively you can complete and return the paper form.

I don’t know my national insurance number, is there an alternative piece of information I can supply?

No. You must use your national insurance number to complete the registration process.

Your national insurance number will usually appear on official documents from the Department of Work and Pensions, HM Revenues and Customs or on payslips.

If you do not know your national insurance number you can use the online government enquiry service or call 0300 200 3502

Can I complete my Invitation to Register (ITR) Online?

Yes, registering online is the easiest way to respond to an ITR and you do not need to complete and return the paper form when you register on the central government website

I have completed my registration online, do I still need to return the ITR?

No, you do not need to complete and return your ITR if you have registered online

If you have received a Household Enquiry Form (HEF) you will need to respond to this, either online or by post.

I have recently registered online and have still received an Invitation to Register (ITR), why?

If you have completed an application to register to vote online you will not need to complete and return the paper ITR. It may have been produced prior to us receiving your online application.

Can I register either online or complete the paper application for another person?

You can help someone to complete the form however the declaration section must be completed by the person applying to join the register.

I am having problems completing my application online; who can I contact for help?

If you are having problems completing your application online you can contact our elections team who will be able to assist you. Alternatively staff at the Tunbridge Wells Gateway or the Weald Information centre will be able to help you complete your application

We can also send out a paper ITR which can be completed and returned in the post

I have completed and returned an ITR, how will I know if it has been successful?

We will contact you to confirm your application has been successful.

If we require further information to complete your registration we will also contact you, sometimes we are required to request further information to confirm your identity.

Can I add another person to my paper ITR?

No, everyone must be individually registered and the easy way to do so is online.

I am not sure if I am eligible to register to vote?

You can register to vote if you are:

  • 16 or over (but you canot vote until you are 18)
  • a UK, Republic of Ireland or qualifying Commonwealth citizen
  • a citizen of a European Union country living in the UK
  • a citizen of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or a British Overseas Territory living in the UK

Students are entitled to register at both their home address and their university address, but can only vote once in an election.

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