Photo ID needed to vote in Elections

Residents in Suffolk are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote in May by checking they have an accepted form of ID. 

For the first time, voters will need to show photographic identification if they want to cast their ballot at this year’s local elections. However, anyone currently without the correct ID can apply for free ID to ensure they don’t miss out. 

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.  

The full list of accepted ID is available at, with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for free ID.  

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for free ID online at or by completing a paper form.