Need help to apply for Voter Authority certificate?

Posted on: Thursday 25 May 2023

Torfaen Council's library service has launched a new service to help anyone who needs to apply online for a voter authority certificate.  

From this month, voters will need to show photo identification to vote in some elections - namely future Police Crime and Commissioner elections, UK General Elections, UK Parliamentary By Elections and recall petitions.

Residents who are registered to vote and do not have any of the accepted forms of photo ID, will need to apply for a voter authority certificate to show at polling stations.

Voter ID will not be required for Senedd or local authority elections in Wales.

Staff from Torfaen Libraries and Adult Community Learning service will be on hand each week at the libraries to offer IT support to residents who need to apply. 

Cwmbran Library weekly

Monday 11.30am - 1.30pm - drop in

Tuesday 2.00pm - 4.00pm - appointment only, call 01633 647676

Thursday 2.00pm - 4.00pm - appointment only 

Pontypool Library  

Weekly:  Friday 2.00pm - 4.00pm - appointment only, call 01495 766160

Fortnightly drop in:  Thursday 10.00am-12pm

Blaenavon Library 

Weekly:  Wednesday 2.00pm-4.00pm - appointment only, call 01495 742803

Fortnightly drop in:  Thursdays 10.00am-12pm

There is an extensive list of accepted forms of voter ID which include a passport, full or provisional driving licence and a Blue Badge, to name a few.

To find out what other forms of photo ID are accepted – or to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate, visit

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