UK photo ID requirements for voting from 4th May 2023

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On completing the process for renewing your road tax online on the GOV.UK website, the notice below pops up

Bring photo ID to vote

From 4th May 2023 you'll need to show photo ID when you vote in person in some elections or referendums.

Check which photo ID you'll need to vote

Photo ID you'll need
to vote in:
UK Parliament by-elections
> local elections in England (including councils, mayors, the Greater London Authority and parishes)
> recall of MP petitions in England, Scotland and Wales
> Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales
> neighbourhood planning referendums and Business Improvement District referendums in England
> local authority referendums in England (including Council Tax increase referendums)

There are different rules if you vote in Northern Ireland.

Check if you have accepted photo ID

You’ll need one of the following types of photo ID to vote:
> a UK or Northern Ireland photocard driving licence (full or provisional)
> a driving licence issued by the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Isle of Man or any of the Channel Islands
> a UK passport
> a passport issued by the EU, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or a Commonwealth country
> a PASS card (National Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
> a Blue Badge
> a biometric residence permit (BRP)
> a Defence Identity Card (MOD form 90)
> a national identity card issued by the EU, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein
> a Northern Ireland Electoral Identity Card
> a Voter Authority Certificate
> an Anonymous Elector’s Document

For other documents like bus passes see the GOV.UK webpage