- Date: Monday, 6 March 2023
- Time: 3pm until 6pm
From 4 May 2023, people who wish to vote in person (including those acting as a proxy), will be required to produce an accepted form of photographic ID to prove their identity before they will be issued with a ballot paper.
This will apply to:
There is currently no requirement for postal voters to provide photographic identification for the May 2023 election.
You can use any of the following accepted forms of photo ID when voting at a polling station.
Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country
You will only need to show one form of photo ID. It needs to be the original version and not a photocopy.
You can still use your photo ID if it's out of date, as long as it looks like you. The name on your ID should be the same name you used to register to vote.
You can apply for a free voter ID document, known as a Voter Authority Certificate, if:
You need to register to vote before applying for a Voter Authority Certificate.
For the local, town parish council elections taking place on Thursday 4 May 2023, the deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2022.
You will also be able to apply by filling out a paper application form and sending this to the Democratic Services team at Cheshire West and Chester Council. You can request the instructions in large print, braille or easy read.
From March 2023, you will also be able to apply in person. To book an appointment with a dedicated customer service adviser, telephone: 0300 123 8 123.
Alternatively you can attend a drop-in session at the following libraries hosted by Democratic Services:
Dates and times may change subject to each library's requirements.
When applying for a Voter Authority Certificate, you will need to provide your:
You should apply using the same name that you used to register to vote. You will not need to provide your gender, and your certificate will not have a gender marker.
You can find your National Insurance number on:
You can still apply if you don't know your National Insurance number, or don't have one. You will need to provide other forms of proof of identity, such as a birth certificate, bank statement and a utility bill. If you don't have any other accepted proof of identity, you can ask someone you know to confirm your identity. This is known as an attestation.
You will need to submit a photo with your application. The requirements for the photo are similar to the requirements for a passport photo.
Cheshire West and Chester Council will process your application and the Voter Authority Certificate will be sent to you by post along with instructions on how to use it. Voter Authority Certificates do not have an expiration date, but it's recommended that you renew your certificate after 10 years.
All data you provide when applying for a certificate will be stored securely by Cheshire West and Chester Council in line with data protection regulations.