The UK Government has introduced a requirement as part of the Elections Act 2022, for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections. This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.
Which forms of ID can I use to vote?
You may already have a form of 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's website or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.
If you don’t have an accepted form 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. You can apply online via GOV.UK for a Voter Authority Certificate.
Alternatively, you can apply by post by completing a paper application form and send this to the Electoral Services team, Wyre Forest District Council, Wyre Forest House, Finepoint Way, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7WF.
The deadline for applying for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm Tuesday 25 April.
Find out more
If you have any questions or would like to find out more, visit the Electoral Commission's website, or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.