The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at elections. If you do not show ID then you will not be issued with a ballot paper. This new requirement will apply for the first time at the local elections on Thursday 4 May 2023.
You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable. These are some of the main ones you can use:
• photo driving licence (full or provisional)
• blue badge
• Older Person’s Bus Pass, Disabled Person’s Bus Pass, Oyster 60+ Card, Freedom Pass
• identity card with PASS hologram (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
• biometric immigration document
• defence identity card
• national identity cards issued by an EEA state
You can use photo ID if it’s out of date, as long as it looks like you.
The name on your ID should be the same name as you are registered to vote. If it is not then you should take along other proof of name change such as a marriage certificate or deed poll.
There will be more information on your poll card about other acceptable forms of photo ID or you can find out more on the Electoral Commission website https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter/voter-id or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.
If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. You can apply for this online at the Voter Authority Certificate Service https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate or contact Electoral Services for a paper form.
The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for elections on Thursday 4 May 2023 is by no later than 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023. You need to be registered to vote before you apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.
You do not need photo ID if you vote by post.
The Local Government Boundary Commission completed its review of electoral wards across certain Surrey local councils in 2022 and the changes they made will apply at the elections on 4th May. This will mean for a few people their local polling station will have changed
Poll cards for the elections on 4th May will be going out from 27 March and will contain information about which ward you are in and the location of your polling station. You should check your poll card when it arrives to see if you need to go to a different polling station since you last voted.
Have You Moved?
If you have moved since the Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner election in May 2021 you will need to register to vote at your new address. To do so please visit https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to update your details. Ensure you give your old address when you register so that the councils are notified and can remove your name from your previous address on their register.