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UK Parliamentary general election

Voters in England need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in the UK Parliamentary general election on 4 July.

Don’t have ID? Apply for free voter ID now

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 a Voter Authority Certificate to vote in the Parliamentary general election on Thursday 4 July is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate

UK Parliamentary general election

Voters in Wales need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in the UK Parliamentary general election on 4 July.

Don’t have ID? Apply for free voter ID now

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 a Voter Authority Certificate to vote in the Parliamentary general election on Thursday 4 July is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate

UK Parliamentary general election

Voters in Scotland need to show photo ID to vote at polling places in the UK Parliamentary general election on 4 July.

Don’t have ID? Apply for free voter ID now

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 a Voter Authority Certificate to vote in the Parliamentary general election on Thursday 4 July is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate

Introduction

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID at some elections.

In Northern Ireland, voters have been required to show ID when voting since 1985, and photo ID since 2003.

The new requirement does not change this.

The only acceptable forms of ID in Northern Ireland are:

  • UK, Irish or EEA driving licence (photo part) (provisional accepted)
  • UK, Irish or EU passport (incl. Irish Passport Card) (EU passports are not accepted at UK Parliamentary elections)
  • Translink Half Fare SmartPass
  • Translink Senior SmartPass
  • Translink 60+ SmartPass
  • Translink War Disablement SmartPass
  • Translink Registered Blind SmartPass
  • Biometric Immigration Document OR
  • Electoral Identity Card

The last option - the Electoral Identity Card - is solely for electors who have not got one of the other means (see list above) of photographic voter identification.

The ID can be expired, but staff at the polling station must be satisfied that you are the person in the photograph on the ID.

The deadline to apply for a free Electoral Identity Card to use in Northern Ireland at the UK Parliamentary general election on 4 July is midnight on Wednesday 26 June.

Find out more about what photo ID is accepted and how to apply for an Electoral Identity Card on the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland website.

Voter ID requirement

Voters in England need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

This applies to:

  • UK parliamentary elections, including general elections, by-elections and recall petitions
  • Local elections and by-elections
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Find out more about accepted forms of photo ID, how to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate, and what to expect on polling day.

Voter ID requirement

Voters in Wales need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

This applies to:

  • UK parliamentary elections, including general elections, by-elections and recall petitions
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections

Find out more about accepted forms of photo ID, how to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate, and what to expect on polling day.

Voters in Wales will not need to show photo ID to vote at a polling station at Senedd elections or local council elections.

Voter ID requirement

Voters in Scotland need to show photo ID to vote at polling places in some elections.

This applies to UK parliamentary elections, including general elections, by-elections and recall petitions. 

Find out more about accepted forms of photo ID, how to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate, and what to expect on polling day.

Voters in Scotland will not need to show photo ID at Scottish Parliament elections or at council elections.

Voter ID requirement

Overseas voters in the UK on polling day need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations.

This applies to UK parliamentary elections, including general elections, by-elections and recall petitions.

Find out more about accepted forms of photo ID, how to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate, and what to expect on polling day.

Don’t have ID? Apply for free voter ID now

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 a Voter Authority Certificate to vote in the Parliamentary general election on Thursday 4 July is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate

Supporting others

Supporting people to meet the voter ID requirement

We know that some groups are more likely to experience barriers created by the voter ID requirement and may need support to access photo ID.

Organisations working directly with voters, including local authorities and charities, can help voters make sure they have photo ID ahead of the general election where this requirement applies.

We have produced a set of resources with information relevant to the photo ID requirement at the general election on 4 July 2024. These resources will help organisations raise awareness, and support voters with applying for a Voter Authority Certificate, if needed. The pack also includes information on voter registration, and information tailored to the needs of specific groups.

We have also published bespoke resources to support people who are registered to vote anonymously, or who might benefit from doing so.

Explore our resources for the general election

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