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Voter ID

The UK government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo identification (ID) when voting at a polling station at some elections.

This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.

Forms of ID you can use to vote

You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. You can use any of the following:

  • passport
  • 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

For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted, visit The Electoral Commission or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

If you don’t have photo ID

If you do not 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 no longer apply for a Voter Authority Certificate to vote in the elections on 4 May 2023. You can still apply for a Voter Authority Certificate to use in future elections.

Alternatively you can complete a paper application form and send it to us. To request an application form, or if you need help with applying, contact us.

The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for the local elections on 4 May 2023 was 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023.

Find out more

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, go to The Electoral Commission.