Voter photo ID

From 4 May 2023, voters in England will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

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.

You can find out what types of ID will be accepted from The Electoral Commission website.

Postal and proxy votes

If you vote by post you will not need photo ID. If you vote by proxy (which means appointing someone to vote on your behalf) then your proxy will need their photo ID if they vote at the polling station.