Deadline for free Voter ID applications fast approaching

Time to apply for free voter ID ahead of the May elections is running out. The deadline is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.


For the first time, voters will need to show photo ID to receive their ballot paper at the local elections on Thursday 4 May. Those without an accepted type of ID can apply online for a Voter Authority Certificate, at or by applying for and submitting a paper form to Electoral Services, Wealden District Council, Council Offices, Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX.


Applicants must be registered to vote and will need to provide their date of birth, National Insurance number and a photograph.


Those that have an accepted form of ID already do not need to apply. Accepted forms of ID include a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; a UK or EEA 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.


Trevor Scott, Wealden District Council’s Returning Officer and chief executive, said,

“As the deadline to apply for free ID looms, it is important that residents of Wealden make sure they’re election ready. If you need any help with applying for free ID or want to request an application form, you can contact the electoral services team on 01892 602407.


Ailsa Irvine, director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission, said, “Voters will be required to show photo ID at polling stations at the May elections. The availability of free ID helps ensure elections remain accessible to all eligible voters. For those who don’t currently have the ID they need, it’s crucial they apply before the deadline so that they can take part. That date is fast approaching so don’t delay.”