On any transaction with your solicitor it is likely you will be required to provide identification documentation.

Your solicitor will need to be sure that you are who you say you are before they act for you. To confirm this they will need to see some photographic identification (such as a passport or photo card driving licence) and some documentation confirming your address (such as a bank statement or utility bill).

For a sale of property confirming the person who is providing instructions is very important to ensure that no property fraud is taking place.

Another purpose of these identity checks is to comply with Anti-Money Laundering regulations. These regulations are in place to make sure that money obtained by criminal activity is not put through recognised channels to legitimise where the money has become available from. It is also to try and prevent terrorist funding.

In order to comply with the Anti-Money Laundering Regulations the identification that your solicitor will ask for will need to be certified as a true copy of the original document and for your identification document to certified as a true likeness of you as well.

If you aren’t local to the solicitor who is acting for you there is no need to panic. You are able to use a solicitor local to you or an estate agent to certify the documents.

It is best to get your certified identity documentation to your solicitor and soon as possible. Until they have this documentation they will be unable to commence any work for you.

The team at Ringrose Law can assist with ID documents. To find out more contact us directly.

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