The Council and democracy Voter ID

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If you have a form of accepted photo ID that is out of date, you can still use it to vote at a polling station if it still looks like you.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

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