What ID can I bring to vote in the General Election 2024? - Full list

A voter carries his passport along with his poll card, as he makes his way to vote at The Vyne polling station in Knaphill, p
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Voters are being urged to prepare in good time to ensure they have their say in the General Election this summer.

This July 4, people across the UK will turn up to their local polling station so they can vote for their next Member of Parliament. However to do so, there are certain rules that must be followed - including arriving with a valid ID.

That's according to the Electoral Commission - which oversees all elections in the UK - which has shared all 22 forms of photo ID that will be accepted.

If you don't have any of these, or can not get one in time, you can apply for a special Voter Authority Certificate, but this should be done before the deadline to do so ends on June 26.

From travel cards to passports and other government documents, below are all the acceptable forms of ID that can be used when voting in the General Election - and what to do if you don't have one.

Accepted forms of photo ID to vote in General Election 2024

You can use any of the following accepted forms of photo ID when voting at a polling place.

You will only need to show one form of photo ID. and it must be the original version and not a photocopy. They are divided into categories which can be seen below.

International travel

  • 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 (including an Irish Passport Card)

Driving and Parking

UK Driving Licence. Provisional and Full licence cards isolated on dark background. Macro. Selective focus. Stafford, United Kingdom, January 30, 2022.
A UK drivers licence is also acceptable -Credit:Getty Images/iStockphoto
  • Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state

  • A Blue Badge

Local travel

  • Scottish National Entitlement Card issued for the purpose of concessionary travel (including a 60+, disabled or under 22s bus pass)

  • Older Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government

  • Disabled Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government

  • 60+ London Oyster Photocard funded by Transport for London

  • Freedom Pass

  • 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card

  • Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card

  • Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • War Disablement SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

  • Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland

Proof of age

  • Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card), for example a Young Scot card

Other government issued documents

  • Biometric immigration document

  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)

  • National identity card issued by an EEA state

  • Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland

  • Voter Authority Certificate

  • Anonymous Elector's Document

Can I use an out of date photo ID?

Voters can still use an ID that's no longer valid as long as its picture looks like you. The name on the document must be the same as the one you have registered to vote with.

What if I don't have an acceptable ID?

If you don't have an acceptable form of ID, you can apply for a free voter ID document called a Voter Authority Certificate here. You must be registered to vote first to apply.

As well as not having ID, this can be done if:

  • you're not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you

  • you're worried about using an existing form of ID for any other reason, such as the use of a gender marker

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