Voter ID

Information and answers to frequently asked questions regarding Voter ID

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Voter ID

From 4 May 2023, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in all elections except for parish elections. Photo ID will not be required to vote by post. The policy decision by Central Government flows from a manifesto pledge in the 2017 and 2019 manifestos.

This will apply to:

  • Local elections
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections
  • UK parliamentary by-elections
  • Recall petitions

From October 2023 it will also apply to UK General elections.

If you don't have an accepted form of photo ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document, which is known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

This page answers frequently asked questions on how voter ID will be implemented for the first time. There is more information on the Electoral Commission's website at