From 4 May 2023 you’ll need to show photo ID when voting in person in some UK elections or referendums.
If not, you will need to apply for a
Voter Authority Certificate
by 25 April
or register for a postal vote by 17 April.
Stannington Library can help with
online or paper applications
for a Voter Authority Certificate
– including taking photographs.
Leave your name and phone number with a volunteer in the library (either in person, by phone call or by email) and we will contact you asap to arrange an appointment.
NB: If you know someone who might need this support, please pass on the message!
0114 234 8732 [email protected]
Information about the new voting rules can be found on the GOV.UK website – this is the direct link: https://www.gov.uk/how-to-vote/photo-id-youll-need
You can register for a postal vote here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote .
You can also use one of the following travel passes as photo ID when you vote:
NB: The photo on your ID must look like you.
NB: You can still use your ID even if it has expired.
If you’re voting as someone’s proxy
You’ll need to take your own ID when you go to vote on someone else’s behalf. You do not need to take theirs.
If you’ve changed your name
The name on your ID must match your name on the electoral register. If it does not, you’ll need to either:
There is an online Voter Authority Certificate application form: https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate as well as a paper form.
You only need to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate if:
If the name on your photo ID is different, you can register to vote again or take a document with you to vote that proves that you have changed your name.
It’s free to apply. You’ll need:
You can still apply if you do not have a National Insurance number. You’ll need to provide other documents to prove your identity, for example a birth certificate, bank statement and utility bill.
On the Voter Authority application form it states:
You must supply a recent photo of your head and shoulders, with your face uncovered, as part of this application.
It’s recommended to write your name, house number and postcode on the back of your photo.
Your photo must be:
• clear and in focus
• in colour
• against a plain, light-coloured background
• your true likeness, with no photoshop or filters
• at least 45 x 35 mm (height x width) in size, and no bigger than 297 x 210 mm (height x width)
• undamaged (e.g. not torn, creased, or marked)
In your photo you must:
• face forwards and look straight at the camera
• be alone, with no other objects or people
• have a plain expression
• have eyes open and visible, with no hair in front of them
• not wear sunglasses, but normal glasses are fine if you typically wear them
• not have a head covering (except for religious or medical reasons)
• not have ‘red-eye’, glare or shadows over your face
If you have ticked the box on page 3 to say you have a disability, the photo you supply:
• doesn’t need to have a plain expression
• doesn’t need to have your eyes open and visible
If you have not provided a date of birth and National Insurance number. You must provide either:
• copies of THREE documents from the lists below with at least one document being from list A (the other two can be from either list) or
• copies of FOUR documents from list B.
Please include copies of the documents when sending your application form (do not send
originals), or tick the box at the bottom to say you cannot provide the required documents.
Supporting documents list A:
Unless otherwise stated, these documents must be issued in the UK, Channel Islands,
or Isle of Man.
• Birth certificate
• Marriage or civil partnership certificate
• Adoption certificate
• Firearms certificate (granted under the Firearms Act 1968)
• Paper driving licence (not photocard)
• Record of a bail decision (issued in England or Wales)
• Driving licence with photo (not issued in UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man) which must be valid for at least 12 months from the date the applicant entered the UK
Supporting documents list B:
• Bank or building society statement, or account confirmation letter
• Utility bill
• Credit card statement
• Benefits (or benefits entitlement) statement
• Mortgage statement
• P45 or P60 form
• Pension statement
• Council tax statement, or demand letter