Voter photo ID
From May 2023, anyone voting in a polling station must present a valid form of photographic identification (photo ID). This new requirement was introduced by the government through the Elections Act 2022 and applies to all voters who vote in person or by proxy.
Photo ID is not required for postal voting.
Photo ID you can use
Voters must bring a suitable form of photo ID to their polling station. The most commonly used and accepted items of photo ID include:
- a 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
- a photographic driver’s licence issued by the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (including provisional)
- a European Economic Area (EEA) photographic ID Card
- a biometric immigration document
- an identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (PASS card)
- a Blue Badge
- an Oyster 60+ Card
- a concessionary travel pass funded by HM Government or local authority, for example, Kent County Council Bus Pass; Disabled Person's Bus Pass, Welsh or Northern Ireland travel card
Only original documents will be accepted at the polling station; scanned images or copies will not be accepted. However, if your photo ID has expired it will be accepted as long as the photograph is still a good likeness to you.
You can find a full list of accepted photo ID on our frequently asked questions page.
No suitable photo ID?
You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate on GOV.UK.
It’s free to apply. You’ll need:
- a recent, digital photo of yourself
- your National Insurance number
You can still apply if you do not have a National Insurance number. You’ll need to provide other documents to prove your identity, for example a birth certificate, bank statement and utility bill.
Apply by post
If you cannot (or do not want to) apply online, you can download the paper application form (PDF opens in a new window). Print and complete this in black pen, then send it to us at:
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
Royal Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1RS
Apply in person
If you would like to apply in person, please contact our Elections team (details below). An appointment will be made for you to attend The Amelia Scott in Tunbridge Wells. At your appointment we will take a photo of you and complete the application form. When booking your appointment, you will be advised what documents you need to bring with you.
You must make an appointment to apply in person.
Postal and proxy voters
Postal voters will not be affected and will be issued with their postal ballot papers as usual.
If you choose to vote by proxy then the person who you have trusted to vote on your behalf will have to take their own identification to be issued with a ballot paper.
You can find more information about postal and proxy voting, including how to apply, on our how and where to vote page.