Valid ID Documents

ROUTE 1 – At registration you need to be able to show:
  • 1 document from Group 1, below
  • 2 further documents from either Group 1, or Group 2a or 2b, one of which must verify your current address. 
ROUTE 2 – If you do not have any of the documents in Group 1, then you must show:
  • 3 documents from Group 2 consisting of:
  • 1 document from Group 2a; and
  • 2 further documents from either Group 2a or 2b; one of which must verify your current address.
Group 1: Primary identity documents
Document Notes
Passport Any current and valid passport
Biometric residence permit UK
Current driving licence – photo card with counterpart where one is issued UK/Isle of Man/Channel Islands and EU (full or provisional) (Please note some European countries do not issue counterparts)

All licences must be valid in line with current DVLA requirements

Birth certificate – issued at time of birth (long certificate) UK and Channel Islands – including those issued by UK authorities overseas, eg embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces
Adoption certificate UK and Channel Islands
Group 2a: Trusted government documents
Document Notes
Current driving licence – photo card (where a counterpart has been issued but no counterpart is presented) All countries (full or provisional)

All licences must be valid in line with current DVLA requirements

Current driving licence – paper version UK/Isle of Man/Channel Islands and EU (full or provisional)

All licences must be valid in line with current DVLA requirements

Birth certificate – issued after time of birth (short certificate) UK and Channel Islands
Marriage/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, eg 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, eg Child Benefit, Pension UK Issued in last 3 months
Central or local government, government agency, or local council document giving entitlement, eg from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service, HMRC UK and Channel Islands Issued in last 3 months
EU National ID card Must still be valid
Cards carrying the PASS accreditation logo UK 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