Voter ID required to vote at Polling Stations on 2 May

Voter ID required to vote at Polling Stations on 2 May

All voters will need to show an accepted form of  photo ID when voting at a Polling Station in the upcoming Combined Mayoral Authority and Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

In April 2022, the Government passed the Elections Act 2022 which requires all voters to show ID at polling stations. This means that if you’re planning to vote in person, you’ll need to bring an accepted form of photo ID with you. If you turn up at the polling station without any accepted ID or a Voter Authority Certificate, you won’t be allowed to vote.

Most voters will already have an accepted form of photo ID that they can use, but it’s important that you double-check the list of eligible forms of ID in advance to make sure that you don’t miss out on your chance to vote.

All accepted forms of ID must include your photo and be suitably secure, such as a passport, driving licence or blue badge. If you have an accepted form of ID, but the date has expired, you’ll still be able to use it if the photo is still a good likeness.

Don’t have anything which is on the list of eligible ID? Don’t worry, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. This is a temporary form of ID issued by the local authority which will allow you to vote in the 2024 Combined Mayoral Authority and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections.

It’s free of charge and easy to apply for, either on the Government website or by contacting our helpline on 01909 533 252 by 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. You should only apply if you don’t already have an accepted form of ID.

If you would prefer not to show ID at a polling station, you can apply online to vote by post or proxy. Photo ID isn’t required to apply or vote in these ways, although your proxy will be required to show their own ID at the polling station.

The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5pm Wednesday 17 April 2024, and the deadline to apply for a proxy to vote on your behalf is 5pm Wednesday 24 April 2024.

Still have questions? There’s lots of information on the Electoral Commission website.

Last Updated on Wednesday, May 8, 2024