From Thursday 4 May, voters must show photo ID when voting at a polling station in local elections, UK Parliamentary by-elections and Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
You do not need ID if you are voting by post.
Which forms of ID can I use to vote?
You may already have photo ID that is acceptable.
You can use any of the following:
• Driving licence (including provisional 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
For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted, visit the Electoral Commission or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.
If you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID
If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate.
The deadline for Voter Authority Certificate applications is 5pm Tuesday 25 April 2023