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Voter ID

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In the UK, you are legally required to show photo Identification (ID) when voting at a polling station for UK Parliamentary elections (general elections) and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections.

This law does not apply to Senedd, Conwy Council and Community Council Elections.

The legislation for these is set by Welsh Government.

When you arrive at a polling station you will need to show an approved form of voter ID for the Police and Crime Commissioner election’s and Parliamentary elections.

Accepted forms of Voter ID:

  • Passport
  • Driving License
  • Blue Badge
  • European Economic Area (EEA) photographic ID card
  • Oyster 60+ card funded by the government of the UK
  • Freedom Pass
  • Older Persons bus pass
  • Disabled Persons bus pass
  • An identity card which bears the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (PASS card)

For an extended list see Electoral Commissions list of accepted forms of ID

Apply for photo ID to vote (called a ‘Voter Authority Certificate’) - GOV.UK (

If you do not have an accepted photo ID

If you do not have an acceptable form of photo ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document, which is known as a Voter Authority Certificate.

Apply online at: Apply for photo ID to vote (called a ‘Voter Authority Certificate’) - GOV.UK (

To request a printed version of the form, contact:

The deadline to apply for a VAC is 5pm, six working days prior to the election date.

In Wales, the next scheduled election where you will need to provide Voter ID is the Police & Crime Commissioner election on 2 May 2024.

Proxy & Postal Votes

If you vote by post, voter ID will not affect you and you will be sent your ballot paper as usual.  If you vote by proxy, the person who you have trusted to vote on your behalf must bring their voter ID to the polling station.

If they do not show this they will not be given the ballot paper.

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