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The Introduction of Voter Photo ID May 2023

From 4th May 2023, voters in England will be required to show a form of photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections. This applies to:

  • Local elections

  • Police & Crime Commissioner elections

  • UK Parliamentary by-elections

  • Recall petitions

It will also apply to UK General Elections from October 2023.


Accepted forms of photo ID include:

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

  • Driving Licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or an EEA state

  • A Blue Badge

  • Older Person's or Disabled Person's Bus Pass

  • Identity Card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (PASS Card)

  • Biometric immigration document

  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)

  • National ID card issued by an EEA state

  • Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland

  • Voter Authority Certificate

  • Anonymous Elector's Document

You will only be required to show one form of photo ID and it must be the original version, not a photocopy. You can use ID that has expired as long as it looks like you and the name must be the same name that you used to register to vote.


For full details of all accepted ID, including how to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, please visit: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voter-id/accepted-forms-photo-id




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