Identity documentation you will need to verify your identity

Once you have made your Universal Credit claim, you will have to go to the Job Centre for an interview where you will need to provide certain documentation to verify your identity. The accepted documents include one primary evidence document and two secondary evidence documents.

Accepted documents include:

Primary evidence

  • A current passport showing that you are a British citizen or a citizen of United Kingdom and colonies having the right to live in the United Kingdom
  • A current passport or national identity card showing that you are a national of the European Economic Area or Switzerland
  • A residence permit, registration certificate or document certifying or indicating permanent residence issued by the Home Office or the United Kingdom Border Agency to a national of a European Economic Area country or Switzerland
  • A permanent residence card issued by the Home Office or the Border and Immigration Agency to the family member of a national of a European Economic Area country or Switzerland
  • A biometric Residence Permit issued by the United Kingdom Border Agency to the holder which indicates that the person named in it is allowed to stay indefinitely in the United Kingdom or has no time limit on their stay in the United Kingdom.
  • A passport or other travel document endorsed to show that the holder is exempt from immigration control, is allowed to stay indefinitely in the United Kingdom, has the right of abode in the United Kingdom, or has no time limit on their stay in the United Kingdom.
  • An Immigration Status Document issued by the Home Office or the United Kingdom Border Agency to the holder with an endorsement indicating that the person named in it is allowed to stay indefinitely in the United Kingdom or has no time limit on their stay in the United Kingdom.
  • A certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen, which indicates the holder is entitled to take up employment in the United Kingdom.
    If any of the above documentation is unavailable, the following documents may also be accepted:
  • Full driving licence. If it is a photo card licence, the photo must not have expired
  • Provisional driving licence. If it is a photo card licence, the photo must not have expired

Secondary evidence

  • Certificate of registration or naturalisation as a British citizen
  • Original birth certificate issued in the Channel islands, the Isle of Man or Ireland (or certified copy from Registrar)
  • Foreign birth certificate
  • Original (or certified copy from registrar) birth/adoption certificates
  • An expired full or provisional photo driving licence
  • Provisional driving licence (where photo card licence, the photo has not expired)
  • Local authority rent card
  • Council Tax documents
  • Life assurance/insurance policies
  • Mortgage repayment policies
  • Recently paid fuel/telephone bills in your name
  • Original marriage certificate
  • Original civil partnership certificate
  • Divorce/annulment papers
  • Dissolution of civil partnership papers
  • Certificate/contract of employment in Her majesty’s forces
  • Certificate/contract of employment under the Crown
  • Certificate/contract of employment in the Merchant Navy
  • Current police registration certificate
  • Current firearms certificate
  • Current/recent wage/pension slip that includes payee name and National Insurance Number
  • Letter from employer/contract of employment
  • Deed Poll certificate
  • Current bank/building society/Post Office card account statements
  • Current/open saving account book
  • Personal cheque book
  • Current debit card
  • Current charge card
  • Trade union membership card
  • Travel pass with photograph
  • Apprenticeship indentures
  • Vehicle registration/motor insurance documents
  • Expired passport
  • Form B79
  • Bail sheet
  • Correspondence from HMRC
  • Tenancy agreement for current property
  • Invoices (self-employed)
  • Letter from accountant containing information which helps to establish identity
  • Letter from solicitor containing information which helps to establish identity
  • Current/recent instrument of court appointment, for example a probate or court registered Power of Attorney
  • Stock transfer certificate (Director)
  • Certificate of incorporation (Director)
  • Memorandum of association (Director)
  • NHS medical card
  • Student ID cars (student)

 

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