Rules around voting are changing from May 2023.
If you're voting in person, including acting as a proxy on behalf of another person, you will need to present an accepted form of photographic ID to be able to vote.
The following documents, including expired documents, will be accepted as a form of ID if the photo has reasonable likeliness:
- A passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, a European Economic Area (EEA) state or a Commonwealth country.
- Photographic driver's license (full or provisional) issued by the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state.
- EEA Photographic ID card
- UK Biometric Residence Permit
- An identity card earing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (PASS card)
- A Blue Badge
- Oyster 60+ Card
- A concessionary travel pass funded by HM Government or local authority, such as a Bus pass, disabled persons Bus Pass, or a Welsh or Northern Ireland travel card.
Please see here for a full list of accepted photographic IDs.
You must take the original document with them to the polling station. A scanned, electronic version or a copy will not be accepted.
If you do not have appropriate photo ID, you can apply for a FREE Voter Authority Certificate which can be obtained free of charge. This document will contain your name and photograph - this will be accepted at the polling station. You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate here. To receive your Voter Authority Certificate ahead of the local elections on May, please apply by 5pm on Tuesday 25th April.
Postal votes are not affected by this change. If you would prefer to vote via post, please apply here.