Notice of Election

Voter ID UK General Election

Accepted forms of photo Identification (ID) you can use

Voters are now required to show photo ID when they vote at polling stations. This only applies to UK General Elections (and UK Parliamentary by-elections and recall petitions). You will not need photo ID for Scottish Parliament elections or local council elections. 

Most people already have a form of photo ID. We don’t want you to be left out when it comes to voting in the next UK General Election. Please check if your photo ID is valid or apply for a free voter ID.

Accepted photo IDs

You may already have an accepted form of photo ID that can be used for voting in the next UK General Election. Acceptable documents include

  • Passport issued by 
    • UK
    • any Channel Islands
    • Isle of Man
    • a British Overseas Territory
    • EEA state
    • Commonwealth country (including an Irish Passport Card)
  • Driving licence (including provisional licence) issued by
    • UK
    • any of the Channel Islands
    • Isle of Man
    • EEA state
  • Blue badge
  • National Entitlement Card (concessionary bus pass)
  • identity card with PASS mark for example Young Scot Card
  • biometric immigration document
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (defence identity card)

You can see the full list of accepted forms of photo IDs on the Electoral Commission's website. You can still use some photo IDs even if they are out-of-date, as long as the photo still looks like you. But it needs to be the original version, not a photocopy or photograph.

You can get more information on the Electoral Commission's voter ID webpage. You can also call them on 

0333 103 1928.

Information in other formats

You can get voter ID requirements information in other formats from the Electoral Commission including

  • audio
  • Braille
  • BSL
  • easy read
  • plain text

How to get a free Voter ID

If you do not have an accepted photo ID, you can apply for a free Voter ID online, known as a Voter Authority Certificate. You can also apply via a paper application form, which should be completed and sent to the Electoral Registration Officer for the Scottish Borders - Voters must be registered before they can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. 

More information on the Electoral Registration Officer can be found on the ERO's website or by calling their helpline on 01835 825100.

Anyone who is not resident within the Scottish Borders can find details of their local Electoral Registration Officer at Contact your local Electoral Registration Office - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Showing ID as an anonymous elector

If you're registered to vote anonymously and want to vote in person, you'll need to apply for an Anonymous Elector's Document.

Find out more about registering to vote anonymously and how to vote anonymously


Register to Vote

To vote you must be eligible and have applied to be registered by midnight on Tuesday 18 June. You can register to vote online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by contacting the Electoral Registration Officer by calling 01835 825100. 


Postal Votes

The deadline for receiving new postal votes and postal proxy applications and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes is 5pm on Wednesday 19 June.

Applications can be made at Apply for a postal vote - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by contacting the Electoral Registration Officer by calling 01835 825100 or emailing Electoral.Registration@scotborders.gov.uk   


Application for Proxy Votes 

The deadline for receiving new applications to vote by proxy is 5pm on Wednesday 26 June.

Applications can be made at Apply for a proxy vote - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or by contacting the Electoral Registration Officer by calling 01835 825100 or emailing Electoral.Registration@scotborders.gov.uk  


More information available at www.saa.gov.uk/scottishborders/electoral-registration/   

How to vote

Different voting systems are used at different elections across the UK.

Find out about the different UK voting systems

Elections team

Office hours are Monday to Thursday 8:45am-5pm, Friday 8:45am-3:45pm

Address: Council Headquarters
Newtown St. Boswells

Telephone: 01835 825005