East Renfrewshire Council is reminding residents that they need to show ID when they vote in person at this year's General Election.

The council have issued a notice stressing the new legal requirement of displaying photo ID at polling stations for the upcoming General Election on July 4.

Voters that don't have the accepted photo identification will be refused a ballot paper until they provide a valid ID.

Among the accepted set of photo IDs are a passport, driving licence (including provisional), Scottish National Entitlement Card, Blue Badge, Identity Card with PASS mark, biometric immigration document, defence identity card, and select national identity cards.

Photo IDs are deemed applicable even if out of date, provided they still look like the holder.

A comprehensive checklist of permissible IDs can be viewed online at electoralcommission.org.uk.

Steven Quinn, East Renfrewshire’s returning officer, said: "It’s important that residents planning to vote in person at the General Election remember to take voter ID with them when they head to the polling station.

"If you don’t have an accepted form of ID, then we can’t issue you with a ballot paper.

"And with the General Election date on July 4, I’d also encourage any residents who know they will be away to register for a postal or proxy vote to ensure they are still able to cast their vote."

Free voter ID can be requested online at voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk before the closing date on June 26.

Also, people can send a filled paper form to the local Electoral Registration Officer (ERO), the Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board.

To apply, applicants require a photograph, date of birth, and National Insurance number.

In addition to changes in ID requirements, the traditional A5 poll card has also been replaced with an A4 letter received in a clearly labelled envelope.

However, your poll letter is not needed to vote and can't be used as a voter ID.

Residents have till June 18 to register for voting.

Those unable to visit the polling station on election day can nominate a proxy until June 26 at 5pm.

Postal vote and postal proxy vote applications are accepted until June 19.

For further information, please visit eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/elections-and-voting.