Proof of identity

How to prove your identity

To prove your identity, you might have to provide our Electoral Services Team with documents. These documents will help confirm facts such as your date of birth.

Which documents?

You have three ways to prove your identity. Choose the option that's easiest for you, depending on the documents you have. You only need to choose one option. 

Option 1
Provide any ONE document from table 1.

Option 2
Provide ONE document from table 2 and TWO documents from either table 2 or table 3.

Option 3
Provide FOUR or more documents from table 3.

Table 1 - Primary identification documents

DocumentNotes
PassportAny current passport
Biometric residence permitUK issued only
EEA ID CardMust be valid
Photocard part of current driving licenceUK or Isle of Man or Channel Islands; full or provisional
Northern Ireland Electoral ID Card 

Table 2 - Trusted Government documents

DocumentNotes
Paper version of a current driving licenceUnited Kingdom only
Current photo driving licenceAny other than UK and Crown Dependencies
Birth certificateUK and Crown Dependencies only
Marriage or civil partnership certificateUK and Crown Dependencies only
Adoption certificateUK and Crown Dependencies only
Firearms licenceUK and Crown Dependencies only
Police bail sheetUK and Crown Dependencies only

Table 3 - Financial and social history documents

DocumentNotesIssue date and validity
Mortgage statementUK, Crown Dependencies or EEAIssued in the last 12 months
Bank or building society statementUK, Crown Dependencies or EEAIssued in the last 3 months
Bank or building society account opening confirmation letterUK and Crown DependenciesIssued in the last 3 months
Credit card statementUK, Crown Dependencies or EEAIssued in the last 3 months
Financial statement, for example pension or endowment UK, Crown Dependencies or EEAIssued in the last 3 months
Council Tax statementUK and Crown DependenciesIssued in the last 12 months
Utility billUK and Crown Dependencies - not mobile phone billIssued in the last 3 months
P45 or P60 statementUK and CrownIssued in the last 12 months