Updated: Sep 6
As part of the conveyancing process you must be ID checked. This is due to government legislation and compliance requirements which conveyancers are subject to.
Their hands are tied and they have no choice.
You may have already had your ID checked by your estate agent or mortgage broker. However they often do not pass this to the conveyancer.
It’s frustrating but it is what it is
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 this ID via Royal mail post such as a recent utility bill or bank statement. This ensures you are who you say you are.
Conveyancers are not always local to their clients and do not always know the client personally.
No offence is meant by your conveyancer but property fraud and identity fraud are rife. Hence the regulations enforced against conveyancers.
There are very serious consequences for your conveyancer, and the law firm, for non-compliance.
Blame the crooks out there - not your conveyancer!
Your conveyancer will usually perform an electronic AML check which confirms things like electoral roll registry.
This is insisted upon by the Land Registry when an application includes the signature of a party who had no legal representation.
This is 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
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