Identity Verification– Individuals

We are required by law to obtain identification and verification documents when establishing a client relationship.  Please note that until we have received all necessary supporting information and documentation from you, we will not be able to progress with your work/transaction or accept funds into our client account.

  1. Proof of identity

Please provide an original or certified copy of one of the following acceptable documents:

  1. Current signed passport,
  2. Photocard driving license; and
  3. UK armed forces Photocard ID

Please see the Photo ID Certification Form prepared for your use when submitting a certified copy of your photo identification.

  1. Proof of address

Please provide an original or certified copy of one of the following acceptable documents, and note that all documents and letters are to be dated, but no more than 90 days old.

  1. Utility bills or statements dated within the last 90 days.
  2. Mortgage account statement dated within  the last 90 days.
  3. Bank statement issued in the last 90 days.
  4. Letter from a governmental department (e.g. HMRC tax demand or PAYE notifications-issued within the last 90 days).

How to obtain certified copies

Certified copies are duplicates of documents which a person of professional standing has stated to be genuine copies of the original(s).

People who can certify documents are:

  1. A qualified lawyer or attorney, registered with the relevant national professional body.
  1. A qualified accountant who is a member of a recognised professional body.
  1. A notary public, member of the judiciary, a senior civil servant, or a serving police or customs officer;
  2. an officer of an embassy, consulate or high commission of the country of issue of documentary evidence of identity;
  3. a director, officer or manager of a regulated financial services business which is operating in a well-regulated jurisdiction.

The person certifying the copy of the document must:

  1. Suitable wording of the certification

Please note that the person carrying out the certification must state:

Please note where the certification is to confirm the identity of a person it must also confirm:

Certifiers need to confirm their position and provide contact details where they can be contacted.

Certifiers need to provide their details, sign (“wet signature”) and date the certification documents.



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