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Make sure you have your say!

As you may know, there are upcoming May elections and the next General Election. To vote in these elections, you now need a Photo ID. Don’t let a lack of photo ID stop you from having a voice in who runs our country. Make sure your vote counts!

To vote, you’ll need one of the following types of photo ID:

  • A UK or Northern Ireland photocard driving licence (full or provisional)
  • A driving licence issued by an EU country, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, the Isle of Man, or any of the Channel Islands
  • A UK passport
  • A passport issued by an EU country, 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 Voter Authority Certificate (Note: this form of ID can only be used for voting).

In addition, you can also use one of the following travel passes as a photo ID when you vote:

  • An older person’s bus pass
  • A disabled person’s bus pass
  • An Oyster 60+ card
  • A Freedom Pass

Please note that the photo on your ID must look like you, and you can still use your ID even if it has expired. Also, the name on your ID must match your name on the electoral register. If it does not, you’ll need to either register to vote again with your new details or take a document with you to vote that proves you’ve changed your name (for example, a marriage certificate).

If you don’t have a photo ID, don’t worry! You can apply for a free ID. To get a Voter Authority Certificate for the 2 May 2024 elections, you’ll need to apply by 5pm on 24 April 2024. It’s free to apply, and you’ll just need a recent, digital photo of yourself. 

If you need more information or support, please feel free to get in touch with Welfare Benefit & Debt Officer Jane on 0800 054 6710 or by emailing

Remember, your voice matters, so don’t let a lack of photo ID stop you from voting!

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