The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station.
This new requirement applied for the first time at the District and Town and Parish Council elections held 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. Only original documents can be accepted at the polling station; scanned images or copies cannot be accepted.
If your photo ID has expired it will be accepted as long as the photograph is still a good likeness to you.
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
For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted, visit The Electoral Commission website 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 confident your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document known as a Voter Authority Certificate.
If you have any questions or would like to find out more, go to the Electoral Commission website, or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.
Postal and proxy voters
Postal voters are not affected by the introduction of photo ID and will be issued with their postal ballot papers as usual.
If you choose to vote by proxy then the person who you have trusted to vote on your behalf will have to take their own identification to the polling station to be issued with a ballot paper.
Voter ID data
Set out below is the publishable data relating to Voter ID. This data applies to the local elections held on Thursday 4 May 2023.
This data is taken from the Voter Identification Evaluation Form (VIDEF) which records information relating to the voter identification of electors who requested a ballot paper.
The total number of polling station electors who applied for, but at least initially were not issued with a ballot paper - 107
The total number of polling station electors who were not issued with a ballot paper and who later returned with accepted ID and were issued with a ballot paper - 67
The number of polling station electors who applied for but were not issued with a ballot paper by the close of poll - 40