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Confirming your identity

If you are asked to provide documents to confirm your ID, you must provide originals or certified original documents (opens in new tab).

You must provide documents from Route 1 first, if you cannot do this, then you must provide document from Route 2 and finally Route 3 if neither 1 or 2 can be provided.

At least one document from each route must show your current address. This must match your application.

Route 1

You must provide:

  • one document from Group 1
  • 2 additional documents from either Group 1, Group 2a or 2b.

Route 2

If you cannot provide documents from Group 1, then you must provide:

  • one document from Group 2a
  • 2 additional documents from either Group 2a or 2b.

Route 3

Route 3 can only be used if it’s impossible to check documents through Route 1 or 2.

You must provide:

  • a birth certificate issued after the time of birth (UK and Channel Islands)
  • one document from Group 2a
  • 3 additional documents from Group 2a or 2b.

Group 1: Primary identity documents

Document Notes
Passport Any current and valid passport
Biometric residence permit UK
Current driving licence photocard (full or provisional) UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and EU
Birth certificate issued within 12 months of birth UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands - including those issued by UK authorities overseas. For example, embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces
Adoption certificate UK and Channel Islands

Group 2a: Trusted government documents

All non-GB driving licences must be valid. You can check if your non-GB licence is valid on GOV.UK (opens in new tab).

Document Notes
Current driving licence photocard (full or provisional) All countries outside the EU (excluding Isle of Man and Channel Islands)
Current driving licence (full or provisional) - paper version if issued before 1998 UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and EU
Birth certificate (issued after time of birth) UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands
Marriage or civil partnership certificate UK and Channel Islands
HM Forces ID card UK
Firearms licence UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Group 2b: Financial and social history documents

Document Notes Issue date and validity
Mortgage statement UK or EEA Issued in last 12 months
Bank or building society statement UK and Channel Islands or EEA Issued in last 3 months
Bank or building society account opening confirmation letter UK Issued in last 3 months
Credit card statement UK or EEA Issued in last 3 months
Financial statement, for example pension or endowment UK Issued in last 12 months
P45 or P60 statement UK and Channel Islands Issued in last 12 months
Council Tax statement UK and Channel Islands Issued in last 12 months
Work permit or visa UK Valid up to expiry date
Letter of sponsorship from future employment provider Non-UK or non-EEA only - valid only for applicants residing outside of the UK at time of application Must still be valid
Utility bill UK - not mobile telephone bill Issued in last 3 months
Benefit statement, for example Child Benefit, Pension UK Issued in last 3 months
Central or local government, government agency, or local council document giving entitlement, for example from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, HMRC UK and Channel Islands Issued in the last 3 months
EU National ID card - Must still be valid
Cards carrying the PASS accreditation logo UK, Isle of Man and Channel Islands Must still be valid
Letter from head teacher or college principal UK (for 16 to 19-year-olds in full time education) only used in exceptional circumstances if other documents cannot be provided Must still be valid
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