Voter ID

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station. 

This applies:
•    to local government elections and police and crime commissioner elections from May 2023; and
•    to general elections from October 2023.

The first poll on the Isles of Scilly at which the new provisions applied was the St Mary's by-election on 22 May 2023.

Which forms of ID can I use to vote?

You may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable.  You can use any of the following:
•    Passport
•    Driving licence (including provisional licence)
•    Blue badge
•    Certain concessionary travel cards
•    Identity card with PASS mark (Proof of Age Standards Scheme)
•    Biometric Immigration document
•    Defence identity card
•    Certain national identity cards

For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted, visit or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

If you don’t have an accepted form photo ID

If you don’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or you’re not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you, you can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. 

You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate:

Alternatively you could consider voting by post (as this does not require you to have photo ID).

Find out more

If you have any questions about voter ID or would like to find out more, go to, or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.