Bromley residents asked to bring ID to vote in May Local Elections

Published Thursday, 15 February 2018

Voter ID - 3 May 2018 election.

Bromley is taking part in a Voter ID pilot at the Local Council Elections on 3 May 2018.

This means that Bromley voters must produce ID to vote at a polling station. They will be asked to show one form of photographic ID from a list which includes a passport, photo driving licence or Freedom Pass; or two forms of non-photographic ID, such as a bank card, birth certificate, gas/electricity bill or bank statement. One of the non-photographic pieces of ID must contain the voter’s registered address.

This pilot seeks to test the effectiveness of requiring ID on tackling voter personation and was prompted by a report from the Electoral Commission which showed that allegations of personation doubled nationally between 2014 and 2016. Bromley, one of five councils from across the country taking part, has worked closely with the Cabinet Office to agree the forms of identification that will be accepted at polling stations. 

A comprehensive public awareness campaign will run over the coming weeks and months throughout the borough including information posters around prime locations, and delivered to the borough’s residents, advising the full list of acceptable ID. The list is also available on the council’s website at

Bromley’s head of Electoral Services, Carol Ling said: “For the trial to be beneficial in helping the Cabinet Office to make a decision about the future of voter ID, we must insist that every voter visiting a polling station produces the required ID in order to vote. So please make sure you check the list. The forms of identification are wide-ranging and have been selected so that most voters should have the more common ones readily available.

“Some residents may choose to apply for a postal vote instead which must be received by 5pm on 18 April to vote this time. Or, for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 25 April. In this case the person appointed must produce ID for themselves when they go to their allocated polling station.

“However, should anyone not have any of these forms of identification at all, they will still be able to vote in these elections by applying for a Certificate of Identity. Application forms will be available from 27 March 2018 by downloading from the website, or by contacting the Council. Completed applications must be presented in person at the Civic Centre by 5pm on 2 May 2018.

“Although Bromley has never received any specific allegations of electoral fraud, it is extremely exciting that Bromley and its residents are playing such an integral part in helping to ensure the continued integrity of our voting system is upheld to ensure fair representation for voters.”


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Acceptable forms of ID are:

To vote at a polling station in London Borough Bromley on 3 May 2018 you must take either one of the following:

  • a passport issued by the United Kingdom, a Commonwealth country or a member state of the European Union
  • a photocard driving licence (including a provisional licence) issued in the United Kingdom or by a Crown Dependency, or by a member State of the European Union
  • an electoral identity card issued under section 13C (electoral identity card: Northern Ireland) of the Representation of the People Act 1983
  • a biometric immigration document issued in the United Kingdom in accordance with regulations made under section 5 of the UK Borders Act 2007
  • an identity card issued in the European Economic Area
  • an Oyster 60+ London Pass
  • a Freedom Pass (London)
  • a PASS scheme card (national proof of age standards scheme)

    Or two of the following (one of which must show your registered address):

  • a valid bank or building society debit card or credit card
  • a poll card for the poll 
  • a driving licence (including a provisional licence) which is not in the form of a photocard.
  • a birth certificate
  • a marriage or civil partnership certificate
  • an adoption certificate
  • a firearms certificate granted under the Firearms Act 1968
  • the record of a decision on bail made in respect of the voter in accordance with section 5(1) of the Bail Act 1976
  • a bank or building society cheque book
  • a mortgage statement dated within 3 months of the date of the poll
  • a bank or building society statement dated within 3 months of the date of the poll
  • a credit card statement dated within 3 months of the date of the poll
  • a utility bill dated within 3 months of the date of the poll
  • a council tax demand letter or statement dated within 12 months of the date of the poll
  • a Form P45 or Form P60 dated within 12 months of the date of the poll

For a postal or proxy vote the deadlines are:

  • A postal vote (by 5pm, 18 April 2018 to vote on 3 May 2018), or  
  • A proxy vote (by 5pm, 25 April 2018 to vote on 3 May 2018) Please note that the person appointed must produce ID for themselves when voting on your behalf at the polling station.

For a Certificate of Identity you will need to complete an application form which will be available from 27 March 2018 either to download or from Main Reception, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley BR1 3UH. 

Applications must be made in writing and include: 
  • the applicants full name
  • the applicants registered address
  • confirmation that the applicant would not be able to provide any of the documents listed above
  • the date of the application
  • a declaration by the applicant that the information provided in the application is true

The application must include an attestation in writing from a person of good standing in the community (examples are given on the form) and; 
  • confirm that the applicant is the person named in the application.
  • be signed by a person who the Returning Officer is satisfied is

1. of good standing in the community
2. registered as an elector in an electoral area in England and Wales
3. is not the spouse, civil partner, parent, grandparent, brother, sister, child or grandchild of the applicant and
4. has not already signed an attestation for or two or more applicants 

  • It should state the full name, date of birth, address, electoral number and occupation of the person signing the attestation
  • State the date on which it is made

Completed applications must be submitted in person at Main Reception, Civic Centre, Stockwell Close, Bromley BR1 3UH by 5pm on Wednesday 2 May 2018.

Upon receipt of a successful application, a Certificate of Identity will be provided to the applicant for them to take to the Polling Station to enable them to vote.

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