Voter ID requirement

From 4 May 2023, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

This will apply to:

  • Local Elections
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections
  • UK parliamentary by-elections
  • Recall petitions

From October 2023 it will also apply to UK General elections.

If you don't have accepted photo identification, you can apply for a free voter identification document, which is known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

Accepted forms of photo identification

You can use any of the following accepted forms of photo identification when voting at a polling station.

  • Passport issued in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country
  • Driving Licence issued by the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or EEA state.
  • A Blue Badge
  • Older Persons Bus Pass
  • Disabled Persons Bus Pass
  • Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)

Other government issued documents

  • Biometric immigration document
  • Ministry of Defense form 90 (Defense Identity Card)
  • National identity card issued by an EEA state
  • Electoral Identity card issued in Northern Ireland
  • Voter Authority Certificate
  • Anonymous Elector's Document

You only need to provide one form of photo ID and it must be the original, not a photo copy.  If your photo ID has expired you can still use it as long as the photo still looks like you.  The name on the document should be the same name you used to register to vote.

For a full list of other acceptable documents please contact the elections office on the contact details below.

Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate

You can apply for a voter authority certificate on GOV.UK.

You only need to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate if:

  • you do not have accepted photo ID
  • you no longer look like the photo on your ID
  • the name on your photo ID is different to your name on the electoral register

It is free to apply. You will need:

  • a recent, digital photo of yourself
  • your national insurance number

You can still apply if you do not have a National Insurance number. You will need to provide other documents to prove your identity, for example a birth certificate, bank statement and utility bill.

Voter ID requirement on the Electoral Commission website gives further details and including different voting options.

Anonymous Elector's Document

If you are already registered as an anonymous voter, or you register to vote anonymously, you will be invited to apply for an Anonymous Electors Document.

You will need to provide your

  • name
  • address
  • date of birth
  • national insurance number

Read more about anonymous registration on the Electoral Commission website.

Voting by post or proxy

From the 31 October 2023, the way electors apply for a postal and proxy vote is changing. You will be able to apply for a postal vote online and will need to provide your National Insurance number and date of birth to do so. We can only accept old style postal vote application forms up to 30 October 2023. 

Read more about postal voting

Read more about proxy voting

Last updated: Wednesday, 18 October, 2023.