Voter ID

Types of identification you can show when you vote.

Photographic identification in polling stations

All voters will have to show an approved form of photo identification (ID) before voting in a polling station for elections held on or after Thursday 4 May 2023.

The photo in the ID needs to bear a likeness to the voter.

Forms of ID that will be accepted

You can find a full list of the accepted types of ID on GOV.UK.

Forms of ID that will not be accepted

You can't use:

  • work and student passes
  • photocopies or pictures on mobile phones - only original documents can be accepted

If you don’t have any of the accepted forms of ID

The Voter Authority Certificate (VAC)

If you do not have any of the accepted types of ID listed above, you can apply for a free photo ID. This is called a Voter Authority Certificate. You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate online.

Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate

You can complete a paper form if you are unable to apply online. Download the Voter Authority Certificate form from GOV.UK or you can email to ask for a form to be sent to you by post:

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Find out more

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, see the Electoral Commission’s website Voter ID page.

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