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Photo ID needed to vote in General Election

Image of purple post it note with the text saying: Remember to 1- Register to vote 2- Check my photo ID 3- Vote at a polling station!

4 June 2024

Image of purple post it note with the text saying: Remember to 1- Register to vote 2- Check my photo ID 3- Vote at a polling station!
Residents in Powys will need to show photographic ID to vote in the General Election on July 4, the county council has said.

Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote by checking they have an accepted form of ID. Accepted forms of ID include:

  • Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country
  • Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (this includes a provisional driving licence)
  • A Blue Badge
  • 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Disabled Person's Welsh Concessionary Travel Card

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

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online at www.voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk/ or by completing a paper form.

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission's website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID, at www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID.

Emma Palmer, Returning Officer at Powys County Council, said: "With the General Election taking place on 4 July 2024, it is important that those who want to vote make sure they have an accepted form of ID.

"Residents who do not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for free ID either online or by completing a paper application form and sending this to our electoral services team. If you need any help with applying for the free ID or want to request an application form, contact the electoral services team by emailing electoral.services@powys.gov.uk or telephone 01597 826202."

Anyone who wants to have their say in the General Election must also be registered to vote. It only takes five minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Voters wishing to apply to their council for free ID should first make sure they are registered to vote.

The requirement to show photo ID at the polling station was introduced by the UK Government's Elections Act and came into effect for the first time in May 2023.