Photo ID Required to Vote in May Local Elections

The May 2023 local elections will be the first time that voters in the UK will be required to show photo ID when voting at a polling station.

A range of photo ID will be accepted, including passports, driving licences, disabled parking blue badges and cards with a PASS Mark.  Expired ID is acceptable, as long as the photograph is still a true likeness of you.

If you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID, you can APPLY NOW for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate.  If you need to apply for ID, you must do so by 5pm on 25 April, in order to vote in this election.

For more information, including the full list of accepted ID and on how you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, visit The Electoral Commission website – or call 0800 328 0280.

To vote in this election you must:

  • be registered to vote
  • be 18 or over on the day of the election
  • be a British, Irish, Commonwealth or EU citizen
  • be registered at an address in the area you want to vote in
  • not be legally excluded from voting

Register to vote

To cast your ballot in this election you must be registered to vote at your current address by midnight on Monday 17 April – if you are not already registered, visit


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