Voter ID

Photographic identification in polling stations

All voters will have to show an approved form of photo identification (ID) before voting in a polling station for elections held on or after Thursday 4 May 2023.

The photo in the ID needs to bear a likeness to the voter.

Forms of ID that will be accepted

A full list of the accepted types of ID can be found on GOV.UK: 

Forms of ID that will not be accepted

  • Work and student passes
  • Photocopies or pictures on mobile phones - only original documents can be accepted

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If you don’t have any of the accepted forms of ID

The Voter Authority Certificate (VAC)

If you do not have any of the accepted IDs listed above, you can apply for a free photo ID. This is called a Voter Authority Certificate. Click on the button below to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate online:

Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate (external link)

You can complete a paper form if you are unable to apply online. The form can be downloaded from GOV.UK (external link) or you can email us to ask for a form to be sent to you by post:

Please contact our Customer Service teams if you need more support.

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Find Out More

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, see the Electoral Commission’s website Voter ID page (external link).

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Election enquiries

For further help or information, please contact us on:

Alternatively, you can write to the Electoral Registration team at:

  • The Electoral Registration Office, George Meehan House, Wood Green N22 8YX

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Page last updated:

February 14, 2023