Residents reminded of the need for photo ID when voting

Elections and voting

19 January 2024

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Residents wishing to vote in the upcoming parliamentary constituency by-election in Wellingborough on 15 February are reminded to ensure they bring photo ID.

Following new legislation introduced in May 2023, all residents voting in person must remember to bring a form of photo ID with them.

Accepted forms of ID include:

  • A UK passport
  • A passport issued by an EEA state or Commonwealth country
  • Photo driving licence (including a provisional one)
  • Certain concessionary travel passes
  • An identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (PASS card)

Expired IDs are acceptable, as long as the photo still bears a true resemblance. Only original documents are accepted, photos of your ID, copies of digital versions or digital versions saved on phones and smart devices will not be accepted.

Details of all forms of approved photo ID are available on the Elections pages.

If you don’t have any form of photo ID from the accepted list, or your ID no longer looks like you, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. Applicants must already be registered to vote. The deadline for applications for a Voter Authority Certificate for the up-coming by-election is 5pm on 7 February 2024.

You can apply online for a Voter Authority Certificate via the Government website.

Voters wishing to apply should first make sure they are registered to vote. Anyone who is not registered to vote but wishes to vote in the Wellingborough by-election will need to register by 30 January 2024.

More information about the by-election, including deadlines for applying for postal and proxy votes, can be found on the dedicated Wellingborough constituency by-election page.