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From 4 May 2023 you’ll now need to show photo ID when voting in person in some UK elections or referendums. This change comes ahead of this year’s local council elections in England in May.
Elections you’ll need photo ID include:
You don’t need a photo ID to vote by post.
You’ll need one of the following types of photo ID to vote:
You can also use one of the following travel passes as photo ID when you vote:
If you do not have a type of photo ID that allows you to vote, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate. You’ll need to apply by 5pm on 25 April 2023.
The deadline to register to vote in the local elections in England on 4 May 2023 is 11:59pm on Monday, 17 April.
The easiest way to register is by completing the online form on the gov.uk website. It’s simple to do and should only take around five minutes.
You will need your National Insurance number to register. If you don’t know your National Insurance number you can find advice on how to get it here. You can also apply for a National Insurance number if you’ve never had one.
Find out more about voting and eligibility here.
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