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You now need proof of your identity to vote at a polling station in elections.
From 4 May 2023, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.
This will apply to:
From October 2023 it will also apply to UK general elections.
If you do not have accepted photo identification, you can apply for a free voter identification document, which is known as a Voter Authority Certificate.
You can use any of the following accepted forms of photo identification when voting at a polling station.
You only need to provide one form of photo ID and it must be the original, not a photo copy.
If your photo ID has expired you can still use it as long as the photo still looks like you. The name on the document should be the same name you used to register to vote.
For a full list of other acceptable documents contact the elections office using the details below.
You do not currently need voter ID if you have a postal vote. Applying for a Voter Identification Certificate does not cancel a postal vote. If you want to change from a postal vote to voting at a polling station, you need to contact us to cancel your postal vote.
Apply for a voter authority certificate on GOV.UK.
You only need to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate if:
It is free to apply.
You will need:
You can still apply if you do not have a National Insurance number. You will need to provide other documents to prove your identity, for example a birth certificate, bank statement and utility bill.
Voter ID requirement on the Electoral Commission website gives further details, including different voting options.
If you are already registered as an anonymous voter, or you register to vote anonymously, you will be invited to apply for an anonymous electors document.
You will need to provide your
Read more about anonymous registration on the Electoral Commission website.
You do not currently need voter ID if you vote by proxy. Your proxy will need to show their photo ID at the polling station to vote on your behalf.