You now need photo ID to vote

Posted on 16th February 2023 | in Community

Did you know…

For the first time, voters will need to show photo ID when they vote in person at elections in England.

This is a change being introduced by the UK Government and will apply to all future local elections: referendums, recall petitions and Police and Crime Commissioner elections from May 2023 and all UK Parliamentary General Elections from October 2023.

These new requirements will not affect electors who vote by post.

Voters are being asked to check in good time, whether they have an accepted form of ID and to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate if they don’t.

A current driving licence is acceptable



Accepted forms of ID include a driving licence, passport, as well as some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or a blue badge. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

What if I don’t have a photo ID?

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for free voter ID, at

If you have a query regarding Voter ID, or need help applying you can contact the county council’s election team: 01670 624811 or email:

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