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Elections 2023 and Voter ID

Voter ID - you need to use photo ID to vote at a polling station

Local elections will be held in Sandwell on Thursday 4 May 2023.

Voter ID

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for voters to show photo ID when voting at a polling station at some elections. This new requirement will apply for the first time in England at the local elections on Thursday 4 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 license)
  • 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 The Electoral Commission website or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

If you don’t have an accepted form of 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 must apply by 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023.

Apply for a Voter Authority Certificate online

Please note - if you are applying online you must upload a digital photo of yourself. Please do not take a photo of a photograph. Take a photo of yourself against a plain background, facing forward with your eyes open.

Find out more about Voter ID

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, here are our answers to frequently answered questions about Voter ID.

You can also go to the Electoral Commission website, or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

Contact Electoral Services about Voter ID

This takes you to MySandwell to contact Electoral Services - you don't need a MySandwell account to do this.

Register to vote

Are you registered to vote? It only takes five minutes.

Further information about how we will process your personal data

Find out how we will process your personal data provided as part of the Voter Authority Certificate application.

Political make-up of Sandwell Council

Sandwell is a Labour-controlled council divided into 24 wards represented by 72 ward councillors.

Check the current political make-up of Sandwell Council.