What voter ID can I bring to the election?

Voters will cast their ballots on 4 July. (PA)
Voters will cast their ballots on 4 July. (PA)

The public will have their chance to decide who should be prime minister on 4 July - but only as long as they don't forget to bring the correct ID to the polling station.

This year's general election will be the first contest where IDs are legally required in order for voters to cast their ballot.

The government implemented the Election Act in 2022 and IDs have been required for both of the subsequent two local elections, but with general elections usually getting far higher turnout this will be the first time many will need to be aware of the new laws.

Passports, driving licences and blue badges are all accepted as forms of ID. Most bus passes for the over 60s are accepted although many bus passes for younger people are not. A full list of accepted forms of voter ID from the Electoral Commission can be found at the bottom of this article.

Anyone without these forms of voter ID - or who no longer looks like the photo on their ID, or whose name on their ID is different to their name on the electoral register - can still apply for a special ID but they need to do it soon.

This is the first general election where you will need to bring an ID in order to vote. (PA)
This is the first general election where you will need to bring an ID in order to vote. (PA)

Voter ID is a form of photo ID people must show at their polling station in order to cast a ballot.

The new rule was brought in under the Elections Act 2022, with the government saying they were necessary to combat the risk of in-person voter fraud. It was first enforced at the 2023 set of local elections in England.

People without valid voter ID can apply for one.

It can be done on the government website, with applicants needing a recent photo of themselves and their National Insurance number, you can also apply by post.



If you don't know your national insurance number you can also use something else to identify yourself like a birth certificate, a bank statement or a utility bill.

The deadline for applications is 5pm 26 June in order to receive in time to vote on 4 July.

Yes, the government provides the ID for free.

  • Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state (Opens in new window) or a Commonwealth country (including an Irish Passport Card)

  • Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (this includes a provisional driving licence)

  • A Blue Badge

  • Older Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government

  • Disabled Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government

  • 60+ London Oyster Photocard funded by Transport for London

  • Freedom Pass

  • Scottish National Entitlement Card issued for the purpose of concessionary travel (including a 60+, disabled or under 22s bus pass)

  • 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card

  • Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card

  • Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • War Disablement SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)