Democracy Elections

Be ready to vote on 4 May – bring ID

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 for Edenbridge Town Council and Sevenoaks District Council 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 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 can apply for this at

Alternatively, you can complete a paper application form and send this to the electoral services team at Sevenoaks District Council.

If you need any help with applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or want to request a paper application form, contact Sevenoaks District Council. Email or call 01732 227000.

Find out more

If you have any questions or would like to find out more, go to, or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

Register to vote

The deadline to register to vote in the elections in England on 4 May 2023 is 11.59 pm on Monday 17 April

To register to vote online, you need just five minutes and your National Insurance number.

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