You also need to make sure you are registered to vote first.
Are you on the Electoral Register?
You can check if you are on the electoral register by calling 01225 477333 or emailing the elections office at Bath & North East Somerset Council.
The deadline to register to vote for the May elections is Monday 17 April. Residents can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate at the same time as registering to vote.
Remember that the requirement to show photo ID only applies to people voting in person at a polling station. If you choose to vote by post, you will not need to provide photo ID as you will not be permitted to vote at a polling station.
- photocard driving licence
- blue badge
- older person’s bus pass (including Diamond Travel Card)
- disabled person’s bus pass.
What to do if you don’t have photo ID
Voters who don’t have an accepted form of photo ID can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate on the Government website or by completing a paper application form.
To request a paper form to apply for the Voter Authority Certificate, please contact Bath & North East Somerset Council by calling 01225 477333 or get in touch by email.
From 27 February, you can also apply for a Voter Authority Certificate in person at Bath & North East Somerset Council’s One-Stop-Shops at Lewis House in Bath, the Library in Keynsham and The Hollies in Midsomer Norton.
To apply for the certificate, you need:
- a passport-style photo*
- full name
- date of birth
- the address at which you are registered to vote
- your National Insurance number.
* if you are applying in person at the council offices, staff will be able to take a photograph to accompany your application.
The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for the 4 May elections is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.
Age UK BANES is able to offer older people in our communities one to one support with applying online for voter photo ID.