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Photo ID and changes to the law

The law has changed and from 4 May 2023 you must bring photo ID with you when you go to the polling station to vote. These must be the original document, not a photocopy.

Suitable photo ID includes:

  • passport
  • driving license 
  • biometric immigration document
  • A PASS card  (proof of age)  
  • concessionary bus pass
  • disabled person bus pass
  • blue badge

If you do not have suitable photo ID

You can apply for a free Voter Authentication Certificate (VAC). To apply for a VAC, you will need:

  • your date of birth
  • National insurance number
  • ability to upload a photograph

You can apply for a VAC either:

Further information is available about voter ID at Electoral Commssion (opens new window)

Contact us

Electoral Services
Gateshead Council
Civic Centre
Regent Street
Gateshead
NE8 1HH

0191 433 7001
electoralregistration@gateshead.gov.uk