Photo ID at polling stations

The UK government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at elections.

Which forms of ID can you use to vote

  • You will only need to show one form of photo ID, but it needs to be the original version and not a photocopy.
  • You can still use your photo ID if it's out of date, as long as it looks like you.
  • The name on your ID should be the same name you used to register to vote.

You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. You can use any of the following:

  • passport
  • driving licence, this includes provisional licences
  • blue badge
  • certain concessionary travel cards
  • identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
  • biometric immigration document
  • defence identity card
  • certain national identity cards

View the full list of accepted forms of photo ID

If you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID

The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for use at a particular election is 5pm, six working days before the date of the election. 

Apply online

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, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

The application closing date for the 2024 general election is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June 2024.

Apply online for a Voter Authority Certificate

Apply by post

Alternatively, you can request a paper application form and send this to us at: Electoral Services Team, Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking, Surrey GU21 6YL.

You can also download a copy of the paper application.

If you need any help with applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or want to request an application form, please contact our Electoral Services Team.


Phone: 01483 755 855

More information

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, go to the Electoral Commission's voter ID webpage, or phone their helpline on 0800 328 0280.