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Voter ID

Photographic ID will now need to be provided at the polling station in order to vote at elections. If you do not take an acceptable form of ID to the polling station, you will not be issued with a ballot paper. 

Accepted forms of ID include:

International travel

  • Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country

Driving and parking

  • Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state
  • A Blue Badge

Local travel

  • Older Person's Bus Pass
  • Disabled Person's Bus Pass
  • Oyster 60+ Card
  • Freedom Pass
  • Scottish National Entitlement Card
  • 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Disabled Person's Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person's SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • War Disablement SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

Proof of age

  • Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)

Other government issued documents

  • Biometric immigration document
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence 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You can still use your photo ID if it's out of date, as long as it looks like you.

If the name on your ID is not the same name you used to register to vote, please contact the electoral services team.

Voter Authority Certificates 

If you do not have an acceptable form of ID, you can apply for a free voter authority certificate or by completing a paper form.

Voter Authority Certificate (opens new window)

To apply for the voter authority certificate, you will need to provide a photo, full name, date of birth, the address at which you are registered to vote and your National Insurance number.

The requirement to show photo ID at the polling station, is a new requirement, introduced by the UK Government's Elections Act which was passed last year and comes into effect for the first time on 4th May 2023.


Contact us

For further information and advice email Alternatively, you can phone us on 01243 521010.

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