Voter ID

Voting in Person

Voter ID 

From 04/05/2023 you will be required to show an approved form of photographic identification to polling station staff before being issued with a ballot paper.

If you don’t already have any of the accepted forms of photographic identification (listed below), you will be able to apply either in person, by post or online, for a Voter Authority Certificate - a free photographic identification document specific for the purposes of voting – and in good time ahead of voter identification first being required in polling stations. 

Applications for Voter Authority Certificates are not yet open; a public communications campaign will be run once the application service is live. Please check back for updates on when the Voter Authority Certificate application process will start and how you can apply. 

Acceptable forms of photographic identification will include: 

  • A passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country

  • A driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or an EEA state

  • A biometric immigration document

  • An identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)

  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)

  • A Blue Badge

  • A national identity card issued by an EEA state

  • An Older Person’s Bus Pass

  • A Disabled Person’s Bus Pass

  • An Oyster 60+ Card

  • A Freedom Pass

  • A Scottish National Entitlement Card issued in Scotland

  • A 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales

  • A Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales

  • A Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • A Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • A War Disablement SmartPass or War Disabled SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • A 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • A Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • An Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland

  • A Voter Authority Certificate or a temporary Voter Authority Certificate

If your photographic identification document has expired it will still be accepted as long as the photograph is still a good likeness of you.