As part of the process you must be ID checked. This is to comply with government legislation and Conveyancers have no choice.
Your ID may have been seen by your estate agent or mortgage broker. However, they rarely pass this onto the Conveyancer. It is frustrating but it is what it is.
Is it simply a case of flashing ID?
Original current ID, along with recent Proof of Address, must be shown. You must attend in person with your originals and you must be seen to match the ID. Do not take your partner's ID in without them being present.
Electronic checks will also be run by the Conveyancer via their provider. These confirm registration on the electoral roll amongst other things.
What will you need?
Satisfactory ID documents consist of a current valid original passport or photo card driving license along with two forms of recent original address ID.
To validate your address, you must have received the correspondence via Royal Mail. For example, this could be a recent utility bill, insurance, bank statement or pension letter. This corroborates that you are who you say you are.
Conveyancers are generally not local to their clients and it is unlikely they know them personally. Even if a client were known to us we are required to obtain ID and regularly update it in case our files are audited.
No offence is meant by this.
Why is it so intrusive?
Property crime and identity fraud are rife. To combat this the government put in place strict regulations requiring Conveyancers to check all of their clients' ID. There are very serious consequences for your Conveyancer, and the law firm, for non-compliance.
Blame the criminals - not your Conveyancer!
This is insisted upon by the Land Registry when an application includes the signature of a party who had no legal representation.
This is again to ensure there is no property or ID fraud.
You will need a passport photo, your original ID documents and to see a solicitor, in person, to verify and sign the ID1 Form for you.
If you are based in South Wales and need help with a form ID1 get in touch now
Find HM Land Registry's form here.,,