Voter ID

You must show photo ID to vote at polling stations in general elections, local elections, Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner elections, UK parliamentary by-elections and recall petitions.

Common photo IDs that you can use include: 

  • Passport (this doesn't need to be in date, but it needs to be recent enough to look like you)
  • Driving licence (including provisional license)  
  • Blue badge 
  • Specific travel cards (such as an older person’s bus pass or disabled person’s bus pass)  
  • Visit the Electoral Commission's website to find out more about accepted forms of photo ID

If you don't have an accepted form of photo ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document, which is known as a voter authority certificate. Visit the Electoral Commission's website to find out more how to apply for a free voter authority certificate.

Whichever form of ID you provide, it will need to be an original and not a copy.

If your arrive at a polling station without an accepted form of photo ID, you will be asked to return with ID that is accepted. 

If you wear a face covering for any reason, such as a mask for medical reasons, or a face veil worn on religious grounds, you will be asked to remove it so polling station staff can check your ID looks like you - you can ask to do this in private and you can also request a female member of staff, which will be granted if possible. 

There will be a mirror available in the polling station to allow you to replace your face covering once your ID has been checked.