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Voter ID requirements

You will need to show photographic ID at your polling station at the next local election on 4 May 2023. This applies to everyone who votes in person or by proxy. If you don’t have suitable ID, you won’t be allowed to vote on the day.

You can find out more on the Electoral Commission website.

ID that we accept at the polling station

Suitable ID includes:

  • 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
  • photographic driver’s licence issued by the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (including provisional)
  • European Economic Area (EEA) photographic ID card
  • UK Biometric Residence Permit
  • an identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (PASS card)
  • blue badge
  • Oyster 60+ card
  • concessionary travel pass funded by HM Government or local authority

If your photographic ID has expired, we can accept it as long as the photograph is still a good likeness of you.

See full list of accepted photo ID on GOV.UK 

If you don’t have any suitable ID

You can apply for a free voter authority certificate. You can use this to prove your identity when voting, but not for any other reason.

Voting by proxy

If you choose to vote by proxy, the person who is voting on your behalf will need to take their own identification to the polling station.

Postal voters

Postal voters will not be affected. You’ll be issued with your postal ballot papers as usual.

Your privacy at the polling station

You’ll be asked to show your ID before you get your ballot paper. You can ask to have your ID checked behind a privacy screen if you prefer.

If you wear a face covering, you’ll need to remove this so we can verify the picture on your ID. We are mindful of the sensitivities of removing face coverings, so privacy screens and female members of staff will be available in every polling station.