To vote at a polling station in the Mayoral Election and other elections taking place on 2 May 2024, you must show acceptable Voter ID.
Your Voter ID can be your passport, driving licence, some types of bus pass or proof of age card, even if it's out of date - check you have at least one form of ID on the list and if not, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.
You only need to show one form of Voter ID. It must be the original version and not a photocopy.
Accepted forms of Voter ID
You can use any of the following forms of Voter ID when voting at a polling station.
- Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country (including an Irish Passport Card)
Driving and parking
- Driving licence issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (this includes a provisional driving licence)
- A Blue Badge
- Older Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government
- Disabled Person’s Bus Pass funded by the UK Government
- Oyster 60+ Card funded by the funded by the UK Government
- Freedom Pass
- Scottish National Entitlement Card issued for the purpose of concessionary travel (including a 60+, disabled or under 22s bus pass)
- 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
- Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
- Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- War Disablement SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
- Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
Proof of age
- Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
Other government issued documents
- Biometric immigration document
- National identity card issued by an EEA state
- Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland
- Voter Authority Certificate (external website)
- Anonymous Elector's Document (external website)
If you don't have an accepted form of Voter ID
You can apply for a free Voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate, if:
- you don't have an accepted form of photo ID
- you're not sure whether your photo ID still looks like you
- you're worried about using an existing form of ID for any other reason
You need to register to vote (external website) before applying for a Voter Authority Certificate.
Out of date Voter ID
You can still use your Voter ID if it's out of date, as long as it looks like you.
The name on your Voter ID should be the same name you used to register to vote.
Voter Authority Certificate
You can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate online. You will need your Date of Birth and National Insurance number. You will also need to be able to upload a photograph of yourself which meets the stated requirements.
You can also apply using a paper form (external website).
The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate in these elections is 5pm Wednesday 24 April 2024.