Voter ID

You will need photo ID when you vote at the polling station

From May 2023 onwards, the Elections Act 2022  requires voters to show photographic identification at polling stations before they are given ballot paper.

Note: You do not need to apply for Voter ID if you have postal vote

This will affect all voters across Runnymede who vote in person or by proxy, at the next local election scheduled for Thursday 2 May 2024.

Voters must bring suitable form of photographic ID to the polling station. The most commonly used ID include

  • Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or 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 ( PASS card)
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
  • Blue Badge
  • National identity card issued by an EEA state
  • Older Person’ Bus Pass
  • Disabled Person’ 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’ Welsh Concessionary Travel Card issued in Wales
  • Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’ 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 temporary Voter Authority Certificate

Note: Only original documents are accepted; scanned images, electronic versions or copies will not be accepted - however expired documents are accepted if the photo is still current likeness.

Full details of the ID that will be accepted can be found on the government website

Apply for voter ID

Alternatively, you can apply using a paper application form call 01827 214155 during office hours to request a paper application from.

The deadline to apply is 5pm, 6 working days ahead of a poll. For the elections taking place on Thursday 2 May 2024, the deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm, Wednesday 24 April 2024. 

If you have recently moved to Runnymede from another local authority area and have a Voter Authority Certificate issued by your previous local authority, you do NOT need to apply for a new one, you can use it to vote in your polling station in Runnymede, so long as the photo remains a good likeness to you.

For more information visit the electoral Commission website

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