Voter ID

From 4 May 2023, voters in Wales will need to show photo ID to vote at polling stations in some elections.

This will apply to:

  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections
  • UK Parliamentary by-elections
  • Recall petitions

From October 2023, it will also apply to UK General elections.

Voters in Wales will not need to show photo ID to vote at a polling station at Senedd elections or local council elections.

Accepted forms of ID

  • UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport
  • UK, EEA or Commonwealth drivers’ licence
  • Some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card.

Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

A full list of accepted forms of photo ID is available here: Accepted forms of photo ID | Electoral Commission

If you don’t have accepted photo ID

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

  • You do not have accepted photo ID
  • You no longer look like the photo on your ID
  • The name on your photo ID is different to your name on the electoral register.

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