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Bring photo ID to vote

A message from Braintree District Council

The most commonly used ID include:

  • Passport issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, a British Overseas Territory, an EEA state or a Commonwealth country

  • Photographic driver’s licence issued by the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA state (including provisional)

  • European Economic Area (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. For example, a Essex County Council Bus Pass, Disabled Person's Bus Pass, Welsh or Northern Ireland travel card.

Only original documents will be accepted at the polling stations. Scanned images or copies will not be accepted. However, expired documents are acceptable if the photo is still a current likeness.

Voters who do not produce a Voter Authority Certificate, or valid photo ID will not be allowed to vote on the day.

We recently produced an election Q&A video on our social media channels which we would be grateful for you to share on your channels:

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Help and advice

Our Elections team are here to help and assist anyone with questions about this year’s local elections. They can be contacted by email at or calling 01376 552525.

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