From 4 May 2023 all voters are required to show photographic identification at polling stations before they are given a ballot paper.
You are not required to provide photo ID for postal voting.
Acceptable Photo ID
- 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
- biometric immigration document
- identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
- Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
- blue badge
- national identity card issued by an EEA state
- Older Person's Bus Pass
- Disabled Person's Bus Pass
- Oyster 60+ Card
- Freedom Pass
- Scottish National Entitlement Card issued in Scotland
- 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
- Disabled Person's Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
- Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person's SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- War Disablement SmartPass or War Disabled SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland
- Voter Authority Certificate or a temporary Voter Authority Certificate
Expired photographic ID documents can be still be used as accepted photographic ID at the polling station, as long as the photograph is still a good likeness of the elector.
Free Photo ID for Voting
If you do not have any of the accepted forms of photo ID, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate online, by post or in person.
This is a free photo ID document specific for the purposes of voting only.
The simplest way to apply for free photo ID is online at: Apply for free photo ID
For help to apply or a paper application, contact: Fenland's electoral team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01354 654321.
What will happen at the Polling Station?
When you arrive at the polling station, a member of staff will:
- Ask you for your name and address so they can find you on the electoral register
- Ask for your photo ID and check that if it is acceptable
- If your ID is acceptable, they will give you your ballot paper and direct you to complete it in a polling booth as ususal.
A private area will be available at the polling station, so you can choose to have your photo ID viewed in private if you like. This might be a separate room, or an area separated by a privacy screen, depending on the polling station.