The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo 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.
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:
- 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 about which forms of photo ID will be accepted, visit Electoral Commission - Accepted forms of photo ID 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 Gov.uk - Apply for photo ID to vote (Voter Authority Certificate).
Alternatively, you can complete a paper application form and send this to the electoral services team at your local council.
If you need any help with applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or want to request an application form, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0161 253 5252.
Find out more
If you have any questions or would like to find out more, go to Electoral Commission - Voter ID, or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280