You now need photo ID to vote at a polling station

On Thursday 4 May 2023, local elections are taking place across 230 councils in England.

At these elections, you will need to bring photo ID to be able to vote at a polling station. A wide range of photo ID will be accepted, including passports, driving licences and cards with a PASS Mark

If you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

Visit, or call 0800 328 0280, to find out more, including:

  • Whether elections are taking place in your area in May
  • The full list of accepted forms of photo ID
  • How to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate (if you need one)
  • What will happen at the polling station