Have you got ID? You’ll need it to vote!

You will now need ID if you want to vote in upcoming elections. Luckily there is a handy guide here.

To vote in these elections, you must be registered to vote by 11:59pm on Monday 17 April 2023.
If you’ve never registered, have recently moved to a different address, or changed your name, register to vote online at
www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You can also apply by completing a paper application form.
If you need help registering to vote, or want to request an application form, contact your local council.
To find their contact details for your local council visit electoralcommission.org.uk/voter
or call the helpline on 0800 328 0280.

You can use any of the following accepted forms of photo ID to be able to vote at a polling station.

 ✓ Passport
 ✓ Certain concessionary travel cards
 ✓ Driving licence (including provisional licence)
 ✓ Blue badge
 ✓ Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
 ✓ Biometric immigration document
 ✓ Defence Identity Card
 ✓ National identity cards

If you don’t have any of these you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. You need to be registered to vote before you apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. When you register to vote, you’ll be asked whether you have photo ID or if you want to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.

The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for use at these elections is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April, but you
should apply as soon as possible in case your local council needs to check any details with you.

You can apply at voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk

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