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Evidence of identity

Under Individual Electoral Registration all new applications are data matched with government records.  Where a match cannot be found, you will be sent a request for 'Evidence of identity'. 

A copy should be provided, not the original.  You can send this by post or hand it in at the Customer Centre at the Town Hall, but the quickest way is to send a scanned copy to electoral@wandsworth.gov.uk

If you apply close to a deadline date for registration or for an election, you may consider providing documentary evidence at the same time you apply. This will guarantee your registration.

Documents you can provide

You can either provide

  • one 'Primary identification document', or
  • one 'trusted government document' and two 'financial/social history document', or
  • four 'financial/social history documents'

Primary identification documents

Primary identification documents
Document Notes
Passport
Any current passport
Biometric residence permit
UK issued only
EEA identity card
Must still be valid
Photo card part of a current driving licence
UK or Isle of Man of Channel Islands fill or provisional
Northern Ireland Electoral ID card

Trusted government documents

Trusted government documents
Document Notes
Old-style paper version of a current driving licence
UK only
Current photo driving licence
Any other than UK and Crown Dependencies
Birth certificate
UK and Crown Dependencies only
Marriage or Civil Partnership certificate
UK and Crown Dependencies only
Adoption certificate
UK and Crown Dependencies only
Firearms licence
UK and Crown Dependencies only
Police Bail sheet
UK and Crown Dependencies only

Financial and social history documents

Financial and social history documents
Document Notes Issue date and validity
Mortgage statement
UK, Crown Dependencies, or EEA
Issued in the last 12 months
Bank or building society statement
UK, Crown Dependencies, or EEA
Issued in the last 3 months
Bank or building society account opening confirmation letter
UK and Crown Dependencies
Issued in the last 3 months
Credit card statement
UK, Crown Dependencies, or EEA
Issued in the last 3 months

Financial statement (for example, pension or endowment)

UK, Crown Dependencies, or EEA
Issued in the last 12 months
Council Tax statement
UK and Crown Dependencies
Issued in the last 12 months
Utility bill (except mobile phone bill)
UK and Crown Dependencies
Issued in the last 3 months
P45 or P60 statement
UK and Crown Dependencies, or EEA
Issued in the last 12 months
Benefit statements (for example, child benefit, pension)
UK, Crown Dependencies, or EEA
Issued in the last 3 months
Central or local government, government agency, or local government department giving entitlement (for example, from DWP, Job Centre Plus, HMRC)
UK, Crown Dependencies, or EEA
Issued in the last 3 months

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