Why do we need ID documents?

A common question we are asked is why we need evidence of your identity and proof of your address and which documents we accept in relation to this during the conveyancing procedure.

Obtaining evidence of your identity and proof of address is a government requirement. Under The Money Laundering Regulations 2007, solicitors are required to confirm the identity and addresses of all clients, whether they are new or existing clients.

Which ID documents are acceptable?

Photo Identity:

In relation to your photo identity, a few examples of documents we accept include:

  • Current signed passport – expired passports are not acceptable
  • Current UK or EEA photocard driving licence
  • Current full UK driving licence – the old style paper formats are not acceptable
  • Firearms certificate (from Chief Constable)
  • P60 or P45 or Inland Revenue coding notice
  • Police or other government department ID card
  • Your residency permit

Proof of address:

In relation to your proof of address, a few examples of documents we accept are below:

  • A recent utility bill (this must be of recent date and not more than three to six months old)
  • Bank, building society or credit union statement
  • Council Tax bill
  • A benefit book from the Benefits Agency


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