Countdown Starts to Local Elections and Voter ID

Published: 3rd March 2023

Post IT Note - You will need photo ID to vote at a polling station.
You will need photo ID to vote at a polling station.

The countdown has started to the local elections in May, which for the first time ever will see people required to show photo-ID if voting in person.

Ribble Valley goes to the polls on 4 May to elect councillors for the borough’s 40 wards.

And you are being asked to make sure you are vote-ready by checking you have the right ID.

Accepted ID includes a passport, driving licence or some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass.

And you will be able to use expired ID if you are still recognisable from the photo.

But if you do not have one of the accepted forms of ID you can apply for free photo-ID, called a Voter Authority Certificate, online.

You can also complete a paper form and post it to Ribble Valley Borough Council, or complete it in person at the Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe.

To apply for the certificate, you will need to provide a photograph, your full name, date of birth, the address at which you are registered to vote and national insurance number or other form of proof of identity, such as a birth certificate, bank statement or utility bill.

Marshal Scott, Ribble Valley Borough Council’s chief executive and returning officer, said: “Anyone voting in person at a polling station will now need to show photo-ID before receiving their ballot paper.

“This is a significant change to the way we vote and we are advising people to check that they have the right ID now to ensure they will be ready to have their say at the local elections in May.”

The full list of accepted photo-ID and details of how to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate are available at

You can also download a paper application form and send it to Electoral Services, Ribble Valley Borough Council, Council Offices, Church Walk, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2RA.

Or you can phone the council’s electoral services team on 01200 414411 or 01200 414426 to book an appointment to complete the form in person.

●          Don’t forget to vote you must also be registered to vote. It only takes five minutes to register online at Please make sure you are registered to vote before applying for a Voter Authority Certificate.