For the first time, residents in Nottingham will need to show photographic ID to vote at a polling station in this year’s local elections. Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in May by checking they have an accepted form of ID.

Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK, EEA or Commonwealth drivers’ licence; and 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.

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online at or by completing a paper form by 5pm Tuesday 25 April.

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID, at

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance, said:

“Anyone voting at a polling station in England this May will need to show photo ID before they can be given their ballot paper. It’s important that everyone understands what types of ID they can use, and how to apply for free ID if they need it. You can find information about the new requirement and what to expect at the polling station on the Electoral Commission’s website.”

Melbourne Barrett, Returning Officer at Nottingham City Council, said:

“With city council elections taking place in Nottingham on 4 May 2023, it is important that those who want to vote at a polling station, make sure they have an accepted form of ID. It may seem early but checking now means you will be ready to vote in May.

“Residents who do not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for free ID either online or by completing a paper application form and sending this to Nottingham City Council’s electoral services team at Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham NG2 3NG”. 

For help with applying for the free ID or to request an application form, contact the electoral services team by email at  or call 0115 8764111.

Anyone who wants to have their say in the elections this May must also be registered to vote. It only takes five minutes to register online at Voters wishing to apply to their council for free ID should make sure they are registered to vote first. People must be registered to vote by 11:59pm Monday 17 April.

People can also vote by post, where no photo ID is required.  The deadline to apply or change details to vote by Post is 5pm Tuesday 18 April.

The requirement to show photo ID at the polling station, is a new requirement, introduced by the UK Government’s Elections Act which was passed last year and comes into effect for the first time this May.