Gloucester residents reminded to bring photo ID to vote

Residents in Gloucester are being reminded that they will need to show photographic ID to vote in the local elections on Thursday, May 2.

The changes to the rules around voting were introduced by government last year.  

Accepted forms of ID include a photocard driving licence; a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport; 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 on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information at

Jon McGinty, Returning Officer at Gloucester City Council, said: “With elections taking place on May 2, it is important that those who want to vote make sure that they have an accepted form of ID. Anyone voting at a polling station will need to show photo ID before they can be given their ballot paper. I would urge residents to double check that they have the correct ID and to make sure that they don’t lose out on this chance to have their say.”

The requirement to show photo ID at the polling station was introduced by the UK Government’s Elections Act and came into effect for the first time in May 2023.