Guidance on voter ID

Guidance on voter ID

Voters in England need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections – this applies to UK parliamentary elections, including the general election on Thursday 4 July.

The accepted forms of photo ID are available on the Electoral Commission website.

You will still be able to use your accepted form of photo ID even if it’s out of date, as long as it looks like you. The name on your ID should be the same name you use to register to vote.

If you don’t have accepted photo ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document, which is known as a Voter Authority Certificate. The deadline to apply for free voter ID for the general election is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

Please note that the deadline to register to vote for the UK Parliamentary general election is Tuesday 18 June.

In preparation, the Electoral Commission have produced free resource packs. Download a selection of posters, images and messages designed for local communities and polling station volunteers to display on your websites and notice boards.

Find out more about getting ready to vote and ways to vote, including voting by post and voting by proxy, on the Electoral Commission website.