The City of Wolverhampton Council are holding free drop-in sessions starting this Monday 6 March at the Civic Centre to help people apply for their free voter authority certificate (VAC) if they require one to vote in the forthcoming elections on Thursday 4 May.

For the first time, voters must provide acceptable photo identification in the polling station before being issued with their ballot paper. People can visit the Civic Centre Monday to Friday from 10am until 3pm with no requirement to book for help. 

Advisors are on hand to help complete applications, including taking a photograph which meets the guidelines and requirements. There is also help with registering to vote to enable VAC application. Applicants should be able to provide their National Insurance number but it’s still possible to complete the process if unable to remember it.

The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April, 2023.

Our drop-in sessions, listed below, also include evening sessions at each of our three leisure centres, some of which are open until 8pm. In April, we have sessions running across the City’s libraries, including some of which run until 7pm:

  • Tuesday 7 March - WV Active Central - 5pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday 15 March - WV Active Bilston - 5pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday 22 March - WV Active Aldersley - 5pm to 8pm
  • Wednesday 29 March - Civic Centre - 4pm to 7pm
  • Monday 3 April - Tettenhall Library - 2pm to 7pm
  • Tuesday 4 April - Finchfield Library - 2pm to 7pm
  • Wednesday 5 April - Spring Vale Library - 2pm to 6pm
  • Thursday 13 April - Penn Library - 10am to 1pm
  • Thursday 13 April - East Park Library - 2pm to 5pm
  • Friday 14 April - Low Hill Library - 2pm to 5pm
  • Monday 17 April - Wednesfield Library - 12pm to 7pm

An application for a voter authority certificate can also be made online at Apply for photo ID to vote (called a ‘Voter Authority Certificate’) - GOV.UK.

However, if you are unable to apply online or unable to provide a valid photograph with your application, one which meets the photo guidelines and requirements, please come along to one of our drop-in sessions.