Photo ID needed to vote

Please share this information with friends, neighbours and relatives to alert them to the introduction of voter ID.

Electors will need to show photographic ID to vote in person at the local elections this May.

You must also be registered to vote by 11:59pm on Monday 17 April 2023.

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.

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID.

You can do this online at or by completing a paper form, available to download (same website) or by contacting St Albans District Council. Residents can either drop in at the Civic Centre or call 01727 819294 and the form will be posted.

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID:

Those people registered to vote by post do not need any further proof of ID.

If you wish to register for a postal vote, you must do so by 5pm on Tuesday 18 April.