This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.
To be eligible to vote or to register for a Voter Authority Certificate, you need to be registered on the electoral register. You can find out more about how to Register to Vote on the GOV.UK website.
Postal voters will not require voter ID and the deadline for registering for a postal vote for 4 May election is Tuesday 18 April 2023.
Forms of ID you can use to vote
You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. You can use any of the following:
- Photo card driving licence (including provisional licence)
- Blue badge
- Certain concessionary travel cards
- Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
- Biometric Immigration document
- Defence identity card
- Certain national identity cards
For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted, visit electoral commission website or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.
If you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID
If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. Apply online for a voter authority certificate on GOV.UK.
If you need any help with applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or want to request a paper application form you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively you can contact the Electoral Services Department on 0800 0234 206.
Find out more
If you have any questions or would like to find out more, visit the electoral commission website, or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.