Thursday May 4 marks an important day for 230 councils up and down England as hundreds of candidates stand for election in their local communities.

In Nottingham, eight local authorities are collecting votes.

The UK Government has announced that, for the first time in election history, voters will now be required to present photographic ID at the polling station in order to cast their vote.

Here’s everything you need to know.

What ID can I take?

  • 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
  • Driving license issued by the UK, any of the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, or an EEA State (this includes a provisional license)
  • A Blue Badge
  • Older Person’s Bus Pass funded by the Government of the United Kingdom
  • Disabled Person’s Bus Pass funded by the Government of the United Kingdom
  • Oyster 60+ Card funded by the Government of the United Kingdom
  • Freedom Pass
  • Scottish National Entitlement Card
  • 60 and Over Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Disabled Person’s Welsh Concessionary Travel Card
  • Senior SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Registered Blind SmartPass or Blind Person’s SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • War Disablement SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • 60+ SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Half Fare SmartPass issued in Northern Ireland
  • Identity card bearing the Proof of Age Standards Scheme hologram (a PASS card)
  • Biometric immigration document
  • Ministry of Defence Form 90 (Defence Identity Card)
  • National identity card issued by an EEA state
  • Electoral Identity Card issued in Northern Ireland
  • Voter Authority Certificate
  • Anonymous Elector’s Document

You will only need to show one form of photo ID at the polling station. This should be the original document, and not a photocopy.

What if I don’t have any of these forms of ID?

If you don’t have an accepted form of photo ID, you can also apply for a Voter Authority Certificate. The deadline has now passed but you can apply for future elections.

What if my ID is out of date?

You can still use an out of date ID as long as it still looks like you.

If you’re unsure of whether your ID still looks like you, you can apply for a Voter Authority Certificate.

The name on your ID should be the same name you registered to vote with.

Can I use my student ID to vote?

Student ID cards are not a permissible form of voting ID. Students should refer to the list of acceptable voting IDs.

What if I’m registered to vote anonymously?

If you’re registered to vote anonymously and want to vote in person you’ll need to apply for an Anonymous Elector’s Document.

How do I find out where to vote?

You will be assigned a relevant polling station based upon your address. You can find your polling station using this helpful guide.