Local elections take place on Thursday 4 May and for the first time voters must provide acceptable photo identification in the polling station before being issued with their ballot paper.

You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable including the following:

  • Passport
  • Driving licence (including provisional license)
  • 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 are accepted, please go to The Electoral Commission or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. You can apply for this at Apply for photo ID to vote or Voter ID | Electoral Commission.

You need to be registered to vote before you apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. If you are not already registered to vote, the easiest way to do it is online at Register to vote and the deadline for this is Monday 17 April.

When you register to vote, you’ll be asked whether you have photo ID or if you want to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April, 2023.

If you need support with applying for a voter authority certificate, call customer services on 01902 551177.