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Voter ID

From 4 May 2023 all voters are required to show photographic identification at polling stations before they are given a ballot paper.

You are not required to provide photo ID for postal voting.

Acceptable Photo ID

  • 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
  • biometric immigration document
  • identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
  • blue badge
  • national identity card issued by an EEA state
  • Older Person's Bus Pass
  • Disabled Person's Bus Pass
  • Oyster 60+ Card
  • Freedom Pass
  • Scottish National Entitlement Card issued in Scotland
  • 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
  • Disabled Person's Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
  • Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person's SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • War Disablement SmartPass or War Disabled SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland
  • Voter Authority Certificate or a temporary Voter Authority Certificate

Expired photographic ID documents can be still be used as accepted photographic ID at the polling station, as long as the photograph is still a good likeness of the elector.

Free Photo ID for Voting

If you do not have any of the accepted forms of photo ID, you can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate online, by post or in person.

This is a free photo ID document specific for the purposes of voting only.

The simplest way to apply for free photo ID is online at: Apply for free photo ID

For help to apply or a paper application, contact: Fenland's electoral team on elections@fenland.gov.uk or 01354 654321.

What will happen at the Polling Station?

When you arrive at the polling station, a member of staff will:

  1. Ask you for your name and address so they can find you on the electoral register
  2. Ask for your photo ID and check that if it is acceptable
  3. If your ID is acceptable, they will give you your ballot paper and direct you to complete it in a polling booth as ususal.

A private area will be available at the polling station, so you can choose to have your photo ID viewed in private if you like.  This might be a separate room, or an area separated by a privacy screen, depending on the polling station.

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