Reminder for photo ID when you vote on May 4th


Don't forget your photo ID when you vote on 4 May

VOTERS are being reminded to take their photo ID to poll stations in the local election on Thursday 4 May. 


Under new Government rules, all voters must now show accepted photographic identification – such as a passport or driving licence - before they can vote in an election.

The law specifies the types of documents that are accepted forms of ID. Voters can use any of the following:

  • 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 (including provisional) issued by the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state
  • Blue badge
  • Certain concessionary travel cards, such as an Older Person's Bus Pass or an Oyster 60+ card
  • Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
  • Biometric Immigration document
  • Defence identity card
  • Certain national identity cards
  • Voter Authority Certificate

Voters will only need to show one form of ID, but it must be original as copies cannot be accepted. People will be able to use expired photo ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.
Anyone who attends a poll station without an accepted form of ID will not be able to vote.
Poll Stations will be open from 7am to 10pm for the local election on 4 May.