What you need to bring with you
The UK Government has introduced a requirement for registered electors to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at all elections. This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.
You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. You can use any of the following:
- 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 licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (this includes a provisional driving licence)
- 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
- National identity card issued by an EEA state
- Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland
See the full list of acceptable ID on the Electoral Commission website
If you have a form of accepted photo ID that is out of date, you can still use it to vote at a polling station if it still looks like you.
You will only need to show one form of photo ID, but it needs to be the original version and not a photocopy.
More information on the requirements for voter ID can be found on the Electoral Commission website