In some UK elections, you are legally required to show photo identification when voting at a polling station.
Most people will already have photo ID that can be used, for example you can use any of the following:
- 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
You will only need to show one form of photo ID, but it needs to be the original version and not a photocopy. The name on your ID must be the same name you used to register to vote.
For more information, including the full list of accepted forms of photo ID, visit the Electoral Commission website or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.
Changed your name? Don’t lose your vote
Have you legally changed your name by marriage or deed poll? If you have, have you remembered to re-register to vote in your new name.
If your entry on the register doesn’t match your photo ID, you may not be able to vote.
The easiest way to change your name is to visit gov.uk/register-to-vote.
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.
Alternatively, you can complete a paper application form and send this to your local electoral registration officer.
The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for use at a particular election is 5pm, 6 working days before the date of that election.
If you need any help with applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or want to request an application form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01978 292020.
When you apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, you will need to include a photograph. Here is a short video to help you take the photo correctly:
Find out more
If you have any questions or would like to find out more, go to the Electoral Commission website, or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.