Proof of Identity for Driving Licence Application

Passport

A current UK biometric passport can be used for identification purpose, by providing a 9 – digit passport number in driving licence application (signature and photograph will be on the same page).

In case the applicant doesn’t have a biometric passport, the following forms of identification should be sent:

  • A valid passport
  • Biometric residence permit (BRP); identity card issued for foreign nationals.
  • A European Union EU or European Economic Area EEA national ID card.
  • A travel document.
  • UK certificate of naturalisation.
  • The applicant needs to send in the visa if there’s no EEA or EU passport, to prove permission living in the UK.

The applicant must send the original documents with the licence application.

Applicant must not:

  • Send laminated certificates.
  • Certificate copies even if they are attested by the post office document service

Note: It is advised to not send the passport and delay the driving licence application; in case the applicant has to travel within a month, because the licence application may take time in processing.

Identification a Pensioner must use:

If an applicant has reached pension age, any one of the following documents can be sent for identification:

  • A BR2102, BR2103 or BR5899 letter that confirms the applicant’s eligibility to receive State Pension.
  • A current building society or a bank statement of within 3 months, which should show the pension payment and national insurance number.

UK naturalisation, birth or adoption certificate:

In order to use UK naturalisation, birth or adoption certificate applicant must be sent with any one of the following documents:

  • Marriage certificate or divorce papers (decree nisi or absolute).
  • University union or college card, educational certificate or PASS (CitizenCard for proof).
  • Benefits claim letter or copy of the front page of a benefits book.
  • Gender certificate.
  • Pay slip or P45, P60.
  • Letter or a National Insurance card showing the National Insurance number from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Gender Identity change:

In case of a gender change the applicant must provide any one of the following documents:

  • Gender recognition certificate.
  • Statutory declaration.
  • Deed poll.

Name change:

In case of a name change, the applicant has to provide at least one of the following:

  • Deed poll.
  • Statutory declaration.
  • Decree nisi or decree absolute; with an adoption, birth or a UK naturalisation certificate.
  • Civil partnership or marriage certificate.

Note: Applicant must also submit a driving licence or identity document with a previous identity or name.

Sign the form and photo:

The person signing must be:

  • A UK resident.
  • Not a relative.
  • Knows the applicant personally.
  • Doesn’t live at the same address as the applicant.
  • Has a valid GB photo-card driving license.

People fit for the role are:

  • Civil servant.
  • Minister of religion.
  • Police officer.
  • Shopkeeper or any local business person.
  • Member of Parliament, Member of the Scottish Parliament, Member of the European Union or Assembly Member.

Sign the form and photo:

The person signing must be:

  • A UK resident.
  • Not a relative.
  • Knows the applicant personally.
  • Doesn’t live at the same address as the applicant.
  • Has a valid GB photo-card driving license.

People fit for the role are:

  • Civil servant.
  • Minister of religion.
  • Police officer.
  • Shopkeeper or any local business person.
  • Member of Parliament, Member of the Scottish Parliament, Member of the European Union or Assembly Member.

Sign the form and photo:

The person signing must be:

  • A UK resident.
  • Not a relative.
  • Knows the applicant personally.
  • Doesn’t live at the same address as the applicant.
  • Has a valid GB photo-card driving license.

People fit for the role are:

  • Civil servant.
  • Minister of religion.
  • Police officer.
  • Shopkeeper or any local business person.
  • Member of Parliament, Member of the Scottish Parliament, Member of the European Union or Assembly Member.