Deadline approaches for free voter ID ahead of general election

Time to apply for free voter ID ahead of the general election is running out. The deadline is 5pm Wednesday 26 June.

For the first time at a general election, voters will need to show photo ID to receive their ballot paper in polling stations. Those without an accepted type of ID can apply online for a Voter Authority Certificate, at or by applying for and submitting a paper form to your local Elections Team. Visit or call 0300 73 3300 for more details.

Applicants must be registered to vote and will need to provide their date of birth, National Insurance number and a photograph.

Those that have an accepted form of ID already do not need to apply. Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK or EEA drivers’ licence; and 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.

The general election is taking place Thursday 4 July.

Craig Westwood, Director of Communications, Policy and Research, said:

“Photo ID is now a requirement to vote at polling stations at the general election. If you do not have accepted ID, you can still apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, which is a free form of identification.

“The availability of free ID helps ensure elections remain accessible to all eligible voters, but it is crucial that anyone who needs one applies before the deadline. That date is fast approaching, so don’t delay.”

Linda Jones, Chief Legal and Monitoring Officer for Westmorland and Furness Council, said:

“As the deadline to apply for free ID fast approaches, it is important that people make sure they’re election ready. If you need any help with applying for free ID or want to request an application form, you can contact the electoral services team on 0300 73 3300.”

Voters also have the option to vote by proxy. The deadline for a proxy vote is also 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

For more information on the general election, including how to apply to vote by proxy, visit

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