Voter ID needed for next election

Ahead of the next UK Parliament general election, due to take place before the end of January 2025, we want to make all residents in Renfrewshire aware that they will need an accepted form of photo identification to cast their vote – so please share this with your networks.

All people voting in-person will need to show photographic ID at the polling station for the first time following the introduction of new legislation by the UK Government.   

Accepted forms of ID include a passport, driving licence, older persons or disabled persons bus pass and Young Scot card. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.   

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online at or by completing a paper form.  

The full list of accepted ID is available on the Electoral Commission’s website, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID, at

The need for photo identification applies to UK general elections only and not for local or Scottish Government elections. 

For help with applying for the free ID or to request an application form, contact the electoral registration office on 0300 300 0150 or email

For more information on the election in Renfrewshire, visit the council website.