Elections and voting
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.
Accepted forms of photo ID
You will only need to show one form of photo ID. It needs to be the original version and not a photocopy.
You can still use your photo ID if it’s out of date, as long as it looks like you. The name on your ID should be the same name you used to register to vote.
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
Find a full list on the Electoral Commission website.
If you don’t have accepted photo ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a voter authority certificate.
Apply for a voter authority certificate
The deadline to apply for a voter authority certificate for the local elections in England on 4 May 2023 is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023.
You need to be registered to vote before you apply.
When you register to vote, you’ll be asked whether you have photo ID or if you want to apply for a voter authority certificate.