The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections. This new requirement applied for the first time in some parts of England where local elections took place on Thursday 4 May 2023.
Although there are no scheduled elections in Hammersmith & Fulham until May 2024, it is important that residents are aware of the requirements which will be in force at those elections.
Which forms of ID can I use to vote?
You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. You can use any of the following:
- driving licence (including provisional license)
- blue badge
- certain concessionary travel cards
- identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
- biometric immigration document
- defence identity card
- certain national identity cards.
For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted, visit the Electoral Commission's voter ID webpage or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.
If you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID
If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. You can apply for this through the GOV.UK Voter Authority Certificate service.
Alternatively, you can complete a paper application form and send this to Electoral Services.
If you need any help with applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or want to request an application form, please contact Electoral Services.
Find out more
If you have any questions or would like to find out more, go to the Electoral Commission's voter ID webpage, or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.