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Voter ID requirements

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station.

This will affect all voters across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole who want to vote in person or by proxy, at the next local and parish council election on Thursday 4 May 2023.

Accepted forms of photo ID

A full list of the different types of acceptable photo ID, are avaiable on the Electoral Commission website.

Out of date photo ID

You can still use your photo ID if it's out of date, as long as it looks like you. The name on your ID should be the same name you used to register to vote.

If you don't have an accepted form of photo ID

You can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate, if:

  • you don't have an accepted form of photo ID
  • you're not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you
  • you're worried about using an existing form of ID for any other reason, such as the use of a gender marker

You need to register to vote before applying for a Voter Authority Certificate.

If you need any help with applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or want to request a paper application form, please contact our electoral services team.

Voting by proxy

If you choose to vote by proxy then the person who you have trusted to vote on your behalf will have to take their own identification to be issued with a ballot paper.

Voting by post

Postal voters will not be affected and will be issued with their postal ballot papers as usual.