Voter Authority Certificate

From 4 May 2023 onwards, the Elections Act 2022 requires voters to show photographic identification at polling stations before they are given a ballot paper. They cannot vote without photographic identification.

If you don’t already have any of the accepted forms of photographic identification (listed below), you will be able to apply:

A Voter Authority Certificate - a free photographic identification document specifically for the purposes of voting 

Voter Authority Certificate application easy-read guide. 

Acceptable forms of photographic identification

If your photographic identification document has expired, it will still be accepted as long as the photograph is still a good likeness of you.

This webpage will be further updated when more information is available from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities and Electoral Commission.

Last Modified: 14/03/2023 14:45:17