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Introduction

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

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

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

Introduction

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

This will apply to:

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

The deadline to apply for free voter ID for the elections on Thursday 2 May is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.

Introduction

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

This will apply to:

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

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

The deadline to apply for free voter ID for the elections on Thursday 2 May is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.

Introduction

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

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

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 since 1985, and photo ID since 2003.

The new requirement does not change this.

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

Accepted forms of photo ID

You can use any of the following accepted forms of photo ID when voting at a polling place.

International travel

  • Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country (including an Irish Passport Card) 

Driving and Parking

  • Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state
  • A Blue Badge

Local travel

  • Scottish National Entitlement Card issued for the purpose of concessionary travel (including a 60+, disabled or under 22s bus pass)
  • Older Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government
  • Disabled Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government
  • Oyster 60+ Card funded by the UK Government
  • Freedom Pass
  • 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • War Disablement SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

Proof of age

  • Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card), for example a Young Scot card

Other government issued documents

You will only need to show one form of photo ID. It needs to be the original version and not a photocopy.

Showing ID as an anonymous elector

If you're registered to vote anonymously and want to vote in person, you'll need to apply for an Anonymous Elector's Document.

Find out more about registering to vote anonymously and how to vote anonymously

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