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Changes to Acceptable Identity Documents for the Disclosure and Barring Service

This applies to existing and new taxi or private hire drivers.

Identification checking process

All applicants must provide a range of ID documents as part of the DBS application process.

Please note that:

  • We will only accept valid, current and original documentation.
  • We will not accept photocopies.
  • We will not accept documentation printed from the internet e.g. internet bank statements.
  • All documents must be in your current name
  • One document must confirm your date of birth.
  • You must declare all previous change of name, and provide documentary proof to support the change of name.
  • At least one document must confirm your current address as recorded in Section B, of the DBS application form.
  • You must provide a full and continuous address history covering the last five years.

You will need to produce documentation from the following categories? 

  • You need to produce a Photocard DVLA Driving Licence and
  • 2 further documents from Group 1, 2a or 2b; one of which must verify your current address.

List of Valid Identity Documents

Group 1 – Primary Trusted Identity Credentials 

  • Current valid Passport.
  • Biometric Residence Permit (UK).
  • Current Driving Licence (UK) (Full or provisional) Isle of Man /Channel Islands;
    Photo card only (a photo card is only valid if the individual presents it with the associated counterpart licence; except Jersey).
  • Birth Certificate (UK and Channel Islands) - issued at the time of birth;
    Full or short form acceptable including those issued by UK authorities overseas, such as Embassies, High Commissions and HM Forces. (Photocopies are not acceptable).

Group 2a – Trusted Government/State Issued Documents

  • Current UK Driving licence (old style paper version).
  • Birth Certificate (UK and Channel Islands) - (issued after the time of birth by the General Register Office/relevant authority i.e. Registrars – Photocopies are not acceptable).
  • Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificate (UK and Channel Islands).
  • Adoption Certificate (UK and Channel Islands).
  • HM Forces ID Card (UK).
  • Fire Arms Licence (UK and Channel Islands).

Group 2b – Financial/Social History Documents 

  • Mortgage Statement (UK or EEA)** (Non-EEA statements must not be accepted).
  • Bank/Building Society Statement (UK or EEA)* (Non-EEA statements must not be accepted).
  • Bank/Building Society Account Opening Confirmation Letter (UK).
  • Credit Card Statement (UK or EEA)* (Non-EEA statements must not be accepted).
  • Financial Statement ** - e.g. pension, endowment, ISA (UK).
  • P45/P60 Statement **(UK & Channel Islands).
  • Council Tax Statement (UK & Channel Islands). **
  • Work Permit/Visa (UK) (UK Residence Permit). **
  • Letter of Sponsorship from future employment provider (Non-UK/Non-EEA only – valid only for applicants residing outside of the UK at time of application).
  • Utility Bill (UK)* – Not Mobile Telephone.
  • Benefit Statement* - e.g. Child Allowance, Pension.
  • A document from Central/ Local Government/ Government Agency/ Local Authority giving entitlement (UK & Channel Islands)*- e.g. from the Department for Work and Pensions, the Employment Service , Customs & Revenue, Job Centre, Job Centre Plus, Social Security.
  • EU National ID Card.
  • Cards carrying the PASS accreditation logo (UK and Channel Islands).

Please note

If a document in the List of Valid Identity Documents is:
Denoted with * - it should be less than three months old.
Denoted with ** - it should be issued within the past 12 months.
Not denoted – it can be more than 12 months old.

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