From 4th May 2023, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.
This will apply to: Local elections, Police and Crime Commissioner elections, UK parliamentary by-elections, recall petitions and from October 2023 it will also apply to UK General elections.
You’ll need one of the following types of photo ID to vote:
a UK or Northern Ireland photocard driving licence (full or provisional)
a driving licence issued by the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Isle of Man or any of the Channel Islands
a UK passport
a passport issued by the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or a Commonwealth country
a PASS card (National Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
a Blue Badge
a biometric residence permit (BRP)
a Defence Identity Card (MOD form 90)
a national identity card issued by the EU, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
a Northern Ireland Electoral Identity Card
a Voter Authority Certificate
an Anonymous Elector’s Document
No photo id? No Problem!
You can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate either online https://voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk/check/registered or fill in a paper form. All you need is your name, address, National Insurance number and a recent photo. Forms are available from school – we’ll even take your photo for you.