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ID Checks & Form ID1 in Conveyancing

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 NOT simply a case of flashing ID or Photocopying it.


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 present your partner's ID without them being present.


Electronic checks will be run by the Conveyancer via their online provider. A weblink is emailed to you and you must follow the process uploading ID and a contemporaneous photo. The service compares your passport and driving licence details against the national database and checks registration on the electoral roll to ensure you are who you say you are.

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 and reside at your address.

Conveyancers tend not to be 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 by the regulations AND we must regularly update it in case our files are audited.

No offence is meant by this. Our hands are tied.

Why is it so intrusive?

Property crime and identity fraud are rife.

To combat this the government enforces strict regulations requiring Conveyancers to check all clients' ID, source of funds and wealth. There are very serious consequences for your Conveyancer, and the law firm, for non-compliance. No lawfirm can waive this because it inconveniences you. It is irrelevant that you did this with your mortgage broker as they don't pass this on.

Blame the criminals - not your Conveyancer!

ID1 Form

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

07944 377029

Find HM Land Registry's form here.,,

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