You now need to show photo ID when voting at a polling station
From 4 May 2023, the UK Government has introduced the requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting in elections and referendums at a polling station.
This applies to:
- Local elections
- Police and Crime Commissioner elections
- UK parliamentary by-elections
- Recall petitions
- UK Parliamentary Elections (from October 2023)
- Neighbourhood Planning Referendums
Which forms of ID can I use to vote?
You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. You can use any of the following, regardless of whether the document is expired or not, provided it is still a good likeness of you:
- Driving licence (including provisional license)
- Blue badge
- Certain concessionary travel cards
- Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
- Biometric Immigration document
- Defence identity card
- Certain national identity cards
The only exception to the above applies to anyone registered anonymously, who must apply for an Anonymous Elector Document in order to vote at a polling station. Please contact the Electoral Services team using the contact details below for further guidance.
For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted, visit electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.
If you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID
If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. You can apply for this at voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk.
Find out more
If you have any questions or would like to find out more, go to electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID, or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.