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:

  • Online on Gov.uk (from 16 January 2023)
  • Completing a paper application with a photo enclosed (from 16 January 2023)
  • In person at the Council Offices (from 16 January 2023)

A Voter Authority Certificate - a free photographic identification document specifically for the purposes of voting – can be done from 16 January 2023 and in good time ahead of voter identification first being required in polling stations 

You can apply online for Voter Authority Certificates or you can complete the application by post 

Apply for Voter Authority Certificate easy-read guide. 

Acceptable forms of photographic identification will include: 

  • A passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country
  • A driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or an EEA state
  • A biometric immigration document
  •  An identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
  •  Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
  • A Blue Badge
  • A national identity card issued by an EEA state
  • An Older Person’s Bus Pass
  • A Disabled Person’s Bus Pass
  • An Oyster 60+ Card
  • A Freedom Pass
  • A Scottish National Entitlement Card issued in Scotland
  • A 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
  • A Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
  • A Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • A Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • A War Disablement SmartPass or War Disabled SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • A 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • A Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • An Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland
  • A Voter Authority Certificate or a temporary Voter Authority Certificate

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: 17/01/2023 11:43:48