Voter ID

On Thursday 4 May 2023, local elections are taking place.

To vote at a polling station, you need to bring photo ID.

From Thursday 4 May 2023, all voters must show a photo ID at polling stations before they are given a ballot paper.

You are not required to provide photo ID for postal voting.

Accepted forms of photo ID

You can use any of the following accepted forms of photo ID when voting at a polling station.

International travel

  • 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

Driving and Parking

  • driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (this includes a provisional driving licence)
  • a Blue Badge

Local travel

  • Older Person’s Bus Pass
  • Disabled Person’s Bus Pass
  • Oyster 60+ Card
  • Freedom Pass
  • Scottish National Entitlement Card
  • 60 and over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • War Disablement SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

Proof of age

  • identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)

Other government issued documents

You only need to show one form of photo ID. It needs to be the original version and not a photocopy.

Out of date photo ID

You can still use your photo ID if it's out of date, as long as it looks like you.

The name on your ID should be the same name you used to register to vote.

Get free photo ID for voting

If you do not have any of the accepted forms of photo ID, you can get a free photo ID document specific for the purposes of voting. This is called a Voter Authority Certificate.

You can apply online, by post or in person.

You should apply as early as possible for a Voter Authority Certificate if you need one.

The legal deadline for applications for all elections is 5pm, 6 working days before the poll.

Apply online

You can apply online now if you are registered to vote.

Apply for a photo ID to vote

Apply by post

If you would like a paper application form to be posted to you, then contact us by emailing

We can also provide this form in large print and easy read formats.

Apply in person

If you need help to complete your application, or would like us to take a photograph, then contact us to make an appointment to come to the council offices at Time Square.

The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023 is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023.

Showing ID as an anonymous elector

If you're registered to vote anonymously and want to vote in person, you'll need to apply for an Anonymous Elector's Document on the Electoral Commission website.

Find out more about registering to vote anonymously and how to vote anonymously from the Electoral Commission.