Voter ID at polling stations

To cast your vote at a polling station in the local elections on 4th May 2023, you will need to show an accepted form of photographic identification. This is a result of the introduction of the Elections Act.

Accepted forms of photo ID

On 4th May 2023 election day you only need to show one form of photographic ID to staff at the polling station, but it needs to be the original version and not a scan, image or photocopy.

You cannot use a picture of the document on your phone, it must be the original document. If you have a form of accepted photo ID which is out of date, you can still use it if it still looks like you.

You can use any of the following a photographic ID:

  • A Passport
  • A driving licence - including provisional license
  • A Blue Badge
  • An older person’s bus pass
  • A disabled person’s buss pass
  • An identity card with Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS) mark 
  • A biometric immigration document
  • A defence identity card
  • Certain national identity cards

View the full list of accepted photo ID on the Electoral Commission website.

What if I don’t have photo ID?

If you do not have photo ID from the accepted list, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate on GOV.UK. To apply you will need:

  • a recent, digital photo of yourself
  • your National Insurance number

You will need to be registered to vote before you apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. 

Do postal voters need photo ID?

No, if you vote by post you do not need to provide photo ID for the May 2023 elections. Find out more about postal voting.

Further information

More information on voter ID can be viewed on the Electoral Commission website.