You’ll need to show accepted photo ID when voting in person or as a proxy at a polling station in some elections.

Accepted forms of photo ID

You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable.

The name on your ID should be the same name you used to register to vote. You can still use your photo ID even if it's out of date, as long as the photo on the ID still looks like you.

You can use any of the following:

  • 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
  • Photographic driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (including provisional)
  • European Economic Area (EEA) photographic ID card
  • Biometric immigration document
  • An identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (PASS card)
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
  • Blue Badge
  • Older Person's Bus Pass
  • Disabled Person's Bus Pass
  • Oyster 60+ Bus Pass
  • Freedom Pass
  • Voter Authority Certificate or temporary Voter Authority Certificate

The complete list of accepted forms of photo ID is also available to view on the Electoral Commission's website.

No accepted form of photo ID?

If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, or if your name on your photo ID is different to the name you used to register to vote, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

You can apply for this online by clicking the button below.

Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate

Alternatively, you can complete a paper application form (at the bottom of this page) and return this by email to or by post to Electoral Services, Oadby & Wigston Borough Council, Brocks Hill Council Offices, Washbrook Lane, Oadby, Leicester, LE2 5JJ.

Your application must include a recent, digital photo of yourself and your National Insurance number (NINO). Your NINO is used so that we can verify your identity. If you do not have or cannot provide a NINO, you will be asked to provide a form of documentary evidence, such as your passport or driving licence, or an attestation.

Last updated: Monday, 23 October 2023 4:31 pm