Published: Thursday, 30th March 2023

The time to apply for free voter ID ahead of the May elections is running out. The deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.

For the first time, voters will need to show a photo ID to receive their ballot paper at the local elections on 4 May. Those without an accepted type of ID can apply online for a Voter Authority Certificate, or by applying for and submitting a paper form to the Warwick District Council Electoral Services team by email at

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

If you already 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 driver’s licence
  • some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card

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

Chris Elliott, Returning Officer for Warwick District, said:

“As the deadline to apply for free ID looms, it is important that Warwick District residents make sure they are election ready and don’t miss the opportunity to vote. If you need help applying for free ID or want to request an application form, contact the electoral services team on 01926 456105 or by email at”

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said:

“Voters will be required to show photo ID at polling stations at the May elections. The availability of free ID helps ensure elections remain accessible to all eligible voters. For those who don’t currently have the ID they need, it’s crucial they apply before the deadline so that they can take part. That date is fast approaching, so don’t delay.”

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