Voter ID - May 2023 local elections
- You need photo ID to vote at the local elections on 4 May
- Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate
You need photo ID to vote at the local elections on 4 May
For the first time, voters in the local elections taking place on 4 May 2023 need to show photographic ID at polling stations.
If you turn up at a polling station without an accepted form of photo ID, you cannot be issued with a ballot paper.
Accepted forms of photo ID include:
- UK, European Economic Area (EEA) and Commonwealth passports
- UK, EEA and Commonwealth drivers' licences
- specified concessionary travel passes, including older person's bus pass
You can use expired ID if you're still recognisable from the photo.
However, you cannot use a photocopy or image of your ID.
If the name on your ID does not match the name you have registered to vote with, you can still use the ID providing you take evidence of the change of name, such as a marriage or civil partnership certificate, deed poll or decree absolute.
I have no photo ID. What do I need to do?
If you do not own an accepted form of photo ID, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate either in person, by post or online via the Government website.
Voter ID - postal and proxy votes
You do not need to show photo ID to apply for a postal or proxy vote (although the proxy needs to show photo ID at a polling station).
REMEMBER - you must be registered to vote in order to vote in the local elections on 4 May.