Voter ID

From May 2023, electors will need to show photographic identification at polling stations before being given a ballot paper to vote.

The Elections Act 2022 means everyone in the Cherwell district who wants to vote in person at a polling station will need to show photo ID at all elections from Thursday 4 May 2023. If you are a proxy, meaning you vote on behalf of someone else, you will also need to show photo ID before you vote.

The following documents, including expired versions, will be accepted as long as the photo is a good enough likeness:

  • A passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, a European Economic Area (EEA) state or a Commonwealth country
  • Photographic drivers licence (full or provisional) issued by the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state
  • EEA photographic ID card
  • UK Biometric Residence Permit
  • An identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (PASS card)
  • A blue badge
  • Oyster 60+ card
  • A concessionary travel pass funded by HM Government or local authority, such as Oxfordshire County Council Bus pass, disabled persons bus pass, Welsh or Northern Ireland travel card.

The full list of accepted photographic IDs is available via

You must take the original document with you to the polling station, a scanned version, electronic version or a copy will not be accepted.