About registers

What is a register?

A register is a list of information that is managed and approved by government.

For example, the country register lists all countries recognised by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

You can use registers to build your government service.

The UK Parliament petitions service uses the country register to help users select their country from a dropdown menu, for instance.

Trusted by government services

By using registers you can:

  • reduce the time and cost of sourcing data from across government
  • be confident that your service is using the most up–to–date government data
  • receive data that is ready to use with no need for data cleansing