Deadline approaches for free voter ID ahead of general election

Time is running out to apply for free voter ID ahead of the general election. The deadline is 5pm Wednesday 26 June 2024.

For the first time at a general election, voters will need to show photo ID to receive their ballot paper in polling stations. Those without an accepted type of ID can apply online for a Voter Authority Certificate, at or by applying for and submitting a paper form to Electoral Services at the contact details below.

Applicants must be registered to vote and will need to provide their date of birth, National Insurance number and a photograph.

Those that have an accepted form of ID already do not need to apply. Accepted forms of ID include:

  • a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport
  • a UK or EEA drivers’ licence
  • some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card

A full list of the accepted forms of ID is available on the Electoral Commission website.

Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

The general election is taking place Thursday 4 July.

Craig Westwood, Director of Communications, Policy and Research, said: “Photo ID is now a requirement to vote at polling stations at the general election. If you do not have accepted ID, you can still apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, which is a free form of identification. The availability of free ID helps ensure elections remain accessible to all eligible voters. But it is crucial that anyone who needs one applies before the deadline. That date is fast approaching so don’t delay.”

Russell Ashman, Chief Executive of the Council of the Isles of Scilly, said: “As the deadline to apply for free ID fast approaches, it is important that residents of the Isles of Scilly make sure they’re election ready. If you need any help with applying for free ID or want to request an application form, you can contact Electoral Services on 01720 424545 or at”

Voting by proxy

Voters also still have the option to apply to vote by proxy. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm Wednesday 26 June. You can apply online for a one-off proxy vote at You can also apply by submitting a paper form to Electoral Services.


Logos of The Electoral Commission and the Council of the Isles of Scilly

Publishing date: 
Tuesday, 25 June, 2024