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10. Appendix A - Proof of identity and residency

Proof of identity

The following documents can be accepted to validate identity:

  • Current valid full passport
  • Current valid UK photo-card driving license
  • Current valid UK photo-card provisional driving licence
  • Armed Forces ID card
  • Firearms certificate or shotgun licence

Together with one of the following:

  • Home Office documents confirming status
  • A current, valid credit card or debit card with supporting bank  statement with address
  • Child benefit or job seekers allowance book showing name and address
  • Pension book showing name and address
  • For elderly residents, a travel pass issued for free public transport (with photograph)

If a passport or driving licence with a photograph is not available, it is possible to accept two of the following forms of identification:

  • Home Office documents confirming status
  • A current, valid credit card or debit card with supporting bank  statement with address
  • Child benefit or job seekers allowance book showing name and address
  • Pension book showing name and address
  • For elderly residents, a travel pass issued for free public transport (with photograph)

If none or only one of the above is available, the following documents may be considered, but do not provide conclusive proof of identity:

  • Student identity card – from a  reputable university or college
  • Public sector work ID card
  • National Insurance Number card
  • Medical card with national insurance number
  • Birth/adoption/marriage certificate
  • P46/P60

The documentation must be the original copies. Photocopies will not be accepted.

Proof of residency

The following documents can be accepted to validate current residency:

  • Household utility bill (e.g. gas, electricity, water or fixed line telephone but not a mobile phone). It must be no more than 3 months old and show your name and current address.
  • Cheque guarantee card, credit card or debit card issued in the UK with an original bank, building society or credit card statement relating to the card presented which must be no more than three months old and show your name and current address.
  • Council tax bill valid for the current year.
  •  HM revenue & Customs (Inland Revenue) tax document, e.g. tax assessment, notice of coding, statement of account. It must contain your full name and current address (P45s and P60s are not acceptable)
  • Letter from Housing Benefit which confirms benefits to the current address.
  • Car registration documents