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Photo ID needed for Police and Crime Commissioner election

You will need to show photographic identification to vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner election on 2 May.


Residents are being urged to check they have an accepted form of ID, which includes a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth passport or drivers' licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person's bus pass.

You will be able to use expired ID if you are still recognisable from the photo.  The full list of accepted ID is here.

If you don't have one of the accepted forms of ID, you can apply for free ID online, called a Voter Authority Certificate (VAC) or by completing a paper form. The deadline to apply is April 24.


Paul Orders, returning officer at Cardiff Council, said: "Anyone needing help with applying for the free ID or who wants to request an application form, can email


"Details on a voter's photo ID must be the same as the information we hold for them on the electoral register, so if anyone has changed their name, or moved house recently, we encourage them to update their details on the register before the deadline on 16 April."


To apply for a VAC, you must first be registered to vote, which you can do online here. The deadline to register to vote in the PCC election is midnight on 16 April.


If you want to vote by post in the Police and Crime Commissioner election, you must apply by 5pm on 17 April. To vote by proxy, you must apply by 5pm on 24 April.


There's a short video here to help voters who may need support to become familiar with what happens in a polling station.


The photo ID requirement is due to the UK Government's Elections Act 2022. This law does not apply to future Senedd or Cardiff Council elections, as the legislation for these is set by Welsh Government.


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