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No photo ID? You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate

by Laura Johnston

The Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting in elections. This will be introduced from Thursday 4 May 2023, when the local elections take place.

Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in May by checking they have an accepted form of ID.

Accepted forms of ID include a passport, a photocard driver’s licence, a Blue Badge, an Oyster 60+ card or an identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (PASS card). Please note, Merseytravel bus passes are only accepted if they include “funded by HM Government”. If they haven’t been funded by the Government, they cannot be accepted.

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

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, at electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID.

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online on the Electoral Commission website or you can request a paper form to be sent to you by calling the Knowsley Elections Team on 0151 443 2222.

The closing date for applications for free photo ID (called a Voter Authority Certificate) is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023.