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HMRC internal manual

Money Laundering Regulations: Registration

Fit and Proper Test: Photocopied Identity Documents

Photocopied identity documents can be accepted as evidence of ID provided that each copy document has an original certification by an appropriate person to confirm that the person is who they claim to be. 

An independent professional person can certify a copy for you but they must not be a friend or relative. An independent professional person could be a:

  • family doctor
  • chartered accountant
  • civil servant
  • solicitor or notary
  • minister of religion

The independent person who certifies it needs to include on the document:

  • a statement that the document is “ Certified to be a true copy of the original seen by me’ , and where appropriate, “This is a true likeness of the person”
  • an official stamp of the person certifying
  • signature, printed name and date
  • occupation, address and telephone number