Identification requirements for business customers
As a UK resident you are not required to send us identification documents with your new account application, as we will make electronic enquiries to verify the details for each individual who is part of the application. If we cannot verify your details electronically we may also require additional paper based identification documents, which are listed below under 'Non-UK residents', before opening the account. We will contact you if this is required.
Applicants residing outside the UK must send, with their new account application:
- A certified copy of a photo identification document
- A certified copy or an original proof of permanent residential address
Any document you send must be valid, not expired and include the full name and address details that match your application. The same document cannot be used to verify both your identity and address.
|We can accept the following documents|
|Photo identification documents||
|Proof of residential address||
PO box addresses, mobile phone bills and printed online statements are not acceptable address identification documents.
For applicants in the EU, the acceptable documents listed in the table above must be certified as true copies of the original(s) by either:
- A UK or EU bank
- UK or EU accountant
- UK or EU solicitor
- A UK post office
Certification provided by Bank of Cyprus in Cyprus is also acceptable for Cyprus residents. Bank of Cyprus certifiers must stamp, sign and date any copies and confirm it is a true copy of the original.
For applicants outside the EU we will accept documents certified by an equivalent professional. The professional certifying the documents must provide written confirmation that it is a true copy of the original. The individual certifying the documents must be clearly identifiable and thus all relevant official stamps must be used:
- Printed name of the individual certifying the document(s)
- Professional registration reference (if applicable) eg Law Society membership number
- Company name and stamp
- Email address
- Business telephone number