Voter IDs for future UK General Elections

Find out about The UK Government's new voter ID requirements and which valid IDs you can use to vote.

Voters in Scotland now need to show photo ID to vote at polling places in some elections. The UK Government has introduced a new rule that requires voters to show photo ID for all UK parliamentary elections, including general elections, by-elections and recall petitions. 

You'll not need to show photo ID to vote at Scottish Parliament elections or at council elections.

Most people already have a valid photo ID. To ensure you can vote in the next UK General Election check if your photo ID is valid or apply for a free voter ID. 

Valid photo IDs

You may already have a valid form of photo ID that can be used for voting in the next UK General Election. Acceptable documents include

  • Passport issued by 
    • UK
    • any Channel Islands
    • Isle of Man
    • a British Overseas Territory
    • EEA state
    • Commonwealth country (including an Irish Passport Card)
  • Driving licence (including provisional licence) issued by
    • UK
    • any of the Channel Islands
    • Isle of Man
    • EEA state
  • Blue badge
  • National Entitement Card (concessionary travel card)
  • identity card with PASS mark for example Young Scot Card
  • biometric immigration document
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (defence identity card)

You can see the full list of accepted forms of photo IDs on the Electoral Commission's website.

You can still use some photo IDs even if they are out-of-date, as long as the photo still looks like you. You can get more information

How to get a free Voter ID

If you do not have an accepted photo ID, you can apply for a free Voter ID onlineknown as a Voter Authority Certificate. You can also apply for this by post if you live in the UK.

Last modified on 5 December 2023