You need photo ID if you vote:

  • in person
  • by proxy

What types of ID can I use?

Polling stations can accept things like:

  • passports 
  • photo driver’s licence (including provisional)
  • European Economic Area (EEA) photo ID Card
  • UK Biometric Residence Permit
  • an identity card with the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (PASS card)


  • must be in original format - scanned or copied documents are not valid
  • can be out-of-date documents - for example a passport. The photo must still look like you

See full list of photo ID accepted (GOV.UK).

What if I don't have suitable photo ID?

If you do not have suitable photo ID, but want to vote in person, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. This is a free photo ID document which you can use for voting only.

Apply for voter ID

See also Voter Authority Certificate: easy read guide (GOV.UK)

Other ways to vote

Postal voters do not need photo ID. We will send you your ballot as normal. If you have a proxy vote, the person who votes for you must have their own ID. 

Anyone can apply to vote by post. You don’t need to give a reason.

Apply for postal vote