Residents voting at the Erewash Borough Council elections in May this year will need photo ID if voting at a polling station.

The UK Government has introduced a requirement for residents 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 to be held on Thursday 4 May 2023.

All 47 of the borough council seats will be contested at the May elections.

Residents may already have a form of photo ID that is acceptable and 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
Anyone who doesn’t already have an accepted form of photo ID, or isn’t sure whether their photo ID still looks like them, can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate at voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk. Alternatively, they can complete a paper application form and send this to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For help with applying for a Voter Authority Certificate or to request an application form, contact the council’s elections team on 0115 907 1190.

For more information on which forms of photo ID will be accepted, visit electoralcommission.org.uk/voterID or call their helpline on 0800 328 0280.

Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, says:

“We would urge everyone who votes at a polling station to make sure they have an acceptable form of photo ID in order that they can vote. Residents can also apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. We would also like to remind residents to check that they are registered to vote and remind them that they can vote via a postal vote or by proxy.”

More information can be found on the elections pages.