Voters will need to show a form of photographic ID at election stations in May. A list has now been provided by the district council of the types of I.D. that will be accepted by voting officials. You will need to get a Voter Authority Certificate if you don’t have a valid photographic I.D.
Accepted forms of photographic identification
To vote at a polling station, you must present one of the following:
- Passport issued by the UK, any Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, A British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country
- Driving licence issued by the UK, any Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or an EEA state
- Biometric immigration document
- Identity card bearing Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
- Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
- Blue Badge
- National Identity Card issued by an EEA state
- Older Person’s Bus Pass
- Disabled Person’s Bus Pass
- Oyster 60+ Card
- Scottish National Entitlement Card issued in Scotland
- 60 or Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
- Senior SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- War Disablement SmartPass or War Disabled SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Island
- Electoral Identify card issued in Northern Ireland
- Voter Authority Certificate (VAC) or a temporary VAC
If your photographic identity has expired, it will still be accepted if the photograph is still a good likeness of you.
You may be required to provide further proof of identity if there is a discrepancy between your name shown on the form of identity and the name you claim to be.
What if I don’t have any I.D.?
Anyone who does not have the appropriate photo voter ID, can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate (VAC).
This is free and most people would apply via the government website:
If you need any help with applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or want to request an application form, Contact Electoral Services.
You do NOT request one if you do have suitable photo ID like a photo driving licence, passport, bus pass, blue badge etc – these being the most common we shall see.
It does NOT matter if the ID has expired as long as the photo is still a reasonable likeness to the voter.