Derby City Council has launched two new videos explaining Voter ID to the residents of Derby.

A new animation goes through the process of how you will vote at the Derby local election on 2nd May 2019, while a video for deaf and hearing impaired residents explains the changes to voting at polling stations.

New VoterID animation

New VoterID BSL video

We worked closely with the British Deaf Association to make a British Sign Language (BSL) video to explain the changes to voting at this year’s local election.

What is Voter ID?

This year, Derby is taking part in a Voter ID pilot. This means that when you go to vote at a polling station on 2nd May 2019, you will be asked to show some form of identification (ID) before you are given your ballot paper.

The most common photo ID types are likely to be passport, driving licence or Gold Card, and common non-photo ID types are things like your poll card or bank card.

If you don’t have ID you may be able to apply for a Certificate of Identity. For more information on this process, please visit our website, or contact the helpline on 01332 640837.

Derby is one of nine cities taking part in the pilots this year. The pilots focus specifically on voter fraud at polling stations, where an individual pretends to be someone else (known as “personation”).

These pilots are spearheaded by the Cabinet Office, and aim to provide insight into how best to reduce the risk of voter fraud at polling stations.

The pilots focus on polling station fraud only; there are no changes to postal voting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need to bring ID?

Derby is taking part in a pilot that aims to reduce electoral fraud at polling stations. You can find out more online.

The government tested this last year with five other local authorities, and this year Derby has been selected as one of nine.

If you do not bring ID to polling stations on 2nd May you will not be able to vote.

What kind of ID can I bring?

You will need to bring either one form of photo ID, or two forms of non-photo ID. One of these documents must have the electors registered name and address. Both documents must have the electors name.

You can find a full list of accepted ID on our website.

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

You will still be able to vote.

You will need to get in touch with our Elections team on 01332 640837 or, and apply for a free ‘Certificate of Identity by 5pm on Wednesday 1 May 2019.  More information is available at

Once an elector has been issued with a certificate, they just need to bring it to the polling station on 2nd May.

Once you have this, you just need to bring your certificate with you to the polling station on 2nd May.

What will my ID be used for?

Your ID will be used to make sure you are who you say you are.

We don’t take copies of ID – it’s purely for proof on the day.

What happens if I don’t bring, or forget to bring ID to vote on 2nd May?

If you forget to bring your ID, you can leave the polling station to collect ID, and come back to vote.

If you cannot provide the required ID you will not be able to vote.

What if I’m voting by proxy?

If you have nominated someone to vote for you by proxy, the person you have nominated will need to take their own ID to prove who they are (one form of photo ID or two forms of non-photo ID).

The polling station will have a record of their name, and the person they’re voting for if they have applied to vote by proxy.

Will postal voting be affected?

No, this is a pilot for polling station voting only. Postal voting doesn’t change.

Will I need to bring ID to vote in any other general or local elections too?

No, this pilot is only for the local elections on 2nd May 2019

How will you make sure everyone can vote?

We are working hard to ensure we reach as many people as possible in the city. We’re doing this with extensive advertising in and around the city; notices in libraries / GP surgeries etc., as well as working closely with community groups around the city to reach potentially harder to reach groups

My passport has expired; can I still use this as a form of ID to vote on 2 May?

Yes an elector can bring an out of date photo ID, such as a passport, as long as it is in the name of the elector and the photograph bears a reasonable likeness to the elector.

Why is Derby taking part in the Voter ID pilot?

Voter fraud undermines democracy, and takes away a person’s right to vote as they would like. The Cabinet Office is looking at ways to crack down on this, and these pilots will aid to inform how best to achieve that.

It’s always tricky introducing such a big change, however it’s important for Derby to be involved in the process now; we have the unique opportunity of being able to shape how the scheme works.

If the decision is taken to roll-out Voter ID nationally in the future, Derby will not simply have the decision imposed on us – we will have had the chance to influence and inform the scheme, to make sure it’s right for us.

For more information:

Visit our website

Call the elections team: 01332 640837