You will need to show photographic identification to vote at your polling station for the local elections on 4 May.

If you usually vote at a polling station, this year you will need to show photo ID before we can give you your ballot paper. This is a new requirement that has come in from the government.

You are not required to provide photo ID for a postal vote.

Photo ID that you can use to vote

You probably will already have some photo ID that you can show us. You can use any of the following:

  • 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
  • Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or an EEA state
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
  • Older Person’s Bus Pass
  • Disabled Person’s Bus Pass
  • Blue Badge

Other photo ID that you can use

  • Biometric immigration document
  • Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
  • National identity card issued by an EEA state
  • Oyster 60+ Card
  • Freedom Pass
  • Voter Authority Certificate or a temporary Voter Authority Certificate (please see below)

For the full list of photo ID we can accept, please visit the Electoral Commission website.

Expired photo ID

If your photo ID has expired we will still accept it, as long as the photograph is still a good likeness of you and the name on the ID matches the name you used when you registered to vote.

What to do if you don't have photo ID

If you do not have any of the above accepted forms of photo ID, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.

This is a free photo ID document only for the purposes of voting. You need to be registered to vote, to be able to receive one.  

Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate

When applying for a Voter Authority Certificate, you will need to provide your:

  • Name (using the same name you used to register to vote)
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • National insurance number - found on payslips or official letters about tax, pensions or benefits
  • A recent photograph (passport style and in colour)

You can still apply if you don't know your National Insurance number, or don't have one. You will need to provide other forms of proof of identity, such as a birth certificate, bank statement and a utility bill.

Apply in person for a Voter Authority Certificate

You can also apply in person at our council offices in Farnborough. Please contact our elections team to make an appointment, by using the contact details below.


Contact us

Elections and electoral registration


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