Running electoral registration - Scotland

Requesting evidence of someone's date of birth

Requesting evidence of someone's date of birth

Date of birth checks form part of the application verification process. 

If you are not satisfied as to any applicant or elector’s age, you have the power to require the applicant or elector to provide documentary evidence confirming their date of birth.1  You can ask for the following evidence that will help you decide whether or not someone satisfies the age criterion:2  

  • a birth certificate
  • a certificate of naturalisation
  • a document showing that a person has become a citizen of another Commonwealth country (although this may, in some cases, not include a date of birth)

If someone does not know their date of birth, there are certain documents you can require them to submit to you under the exceptions process. You also have the power to request additional evidence in order to verify the identity of an applicant.

Last updated: 14 October 2020