Changes to the way we vote in the UK, acceptable forms of photo ID, what to do if you vote by post or by proxy.

The Elections Act 2022 has made changes to the way we'll vote in the UK at polling stations.

From 4 May 2023 onwards, the Elections Act 2022 requires voters to show photographic identification (photo ID) at the polling station, before being given ballot papers for the following elections:

  • UK Parliamentary General Elections
  • local elections and referendums in England
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales
  • UK recall petitions (a process that allows voters to recall MPs)

Read about voter identification Go to https://www.gov.uk/government/news/voter-identification-faqs (opens new window) on GOV.UK.

Acceptable forms of photo ID

You may already have an accepted form of photo ID such as a passport or driving licence. These do not need to be valid or in date but the photo must still be a good likeness of you.

Find the accepted forms of photo ID in the polling stations on GOV.UK. 

You do not have photo ID

If you do not have a valid form of photo ID, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.

You can apply online.

Or download the application form and post it to:

Voter ID, Electoral Services, Bristol City Council
5th Floor, B Bond
Smeaton Road
Bristol
BS1 6XN

If you would like us to post you an application form:

Your ID does not look like you

If your photo ID no longer looks like you, you can apply for Voter ID.

You vote by post

If you vote by post, you do not need to provide voter ID.

You vote by proxy

If your proxy votes on your behalf at the polling station, they will be asked to show their photo ID. They will not be asked to show any ID for you.