Renfrewshire Council

ID needed to vote at the next UK General Election

Ahead of the next UK Parliament general election, due to take place before the end of January 2025, residents in Renfrewshire are being urged to ensure they are ready to vote and have an accepted form of photo identification.

All people voting in-person at the general election will need to show photographic ID at the polling station for the first time in Renfrewshire 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 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. 

Andy O'Neill, Head of Electoral Commission, Scotland, said: "Anyone voting at a polling station will need to show photo ID before they can be given their ballot paper at the UK general election. It's important that everyone understands what types of ID they can use, and how to apply for free ID if they need it. You can find information about the new requirement and what to expect at the polling station, on the Electoral Commission's website." 

The need for photo identification applies to UK general elections only and not for local or Scottish Government elections, so residents are being made aware now so they are not caught out when the election is called. 

Alan Russell, Returning Officer for Renfrewshire Council, said: "With a UK general election due before the end of January 2025, it is important that those who want to vote make sure they have an accepted form of ID. It may seem early, but checking now means you will be ready to vote when the election date is confirmed.  

"Residents who do not have one of the accepted forms of ID can apply for free ID either online or by completing a paper application form and sending this to Renfrewshire Electoral Registration Office.  

"If you need any help with applying for the free ID or want to request an application form, contact the electoral registration office on 0300 300 0150 or email" 

For more information on the election in Renfrewshire, search for 'UK General Election' on the Renfrewshire Council website. 

Published on Tuesday 7 May 2025.