Identification Documents for london registered office service

Why we need proof of address and ID

As Company Formation Agents, we have obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations. These are explained here. Our application of the regulations applies mainly to users of our registered office service.

Wherever possible we aim to avoid inconveniencing our clients. Accordingly, before asking you for any ID, we will carry out a search of the public records available to us.

If our search is unable to verify your details, we will have to ask you to provide ID. We will ask you to provide 2 documents. These can be chosen from the lists given below:

These documents should be scanned and emailed to us. Alternatively you can present them at our office. Our office address is at the foot of this page.

We need proof of ID for the following services:

  • Registered Office Service
  • Virtual address service

We Require proof of identity and address from the following persons:

  • 1)   In the case of companies limited by shares: Anyone who has a direct or indirect interest in the company exceeding 25% of the shareholding and voting rights.
  • 2)   In the case of companies limited by guarantee we require documents from the members.

Details of Identification Documents

The document must be current (no older than 3 months) and must contain the person's name and address.

If documents are not in English, they may need to be translated by an officially recognised translator.

Proof of name Document 1 - Proof of name

Any one of the following documents will do:

  • Current signed passport
  • Original birth certificate (UK birth certificate issued within 12 months of the date of birth in full form including those issued by UK authorities overseas such as Embassies High Commissions and HM Forces)
  • EEA member state identity card (which can also be used as evidence of address if it carries this)
  • Current UK or EEA photocard driving licence
  • Full old-style driving licence
  • Photographic registration cards for self-employed individuals in the construction industry -CIS4
  • Benefit book or original notification letter from Benefits Agency
  • Firearms or shotgun certificate
  • Residence permit issued by the Home Office to EEA nationals on sight of own country passport
  • National identity card bearing a photograph of the applicant

Proof of address Document 2 - Proof of address

Any one of the following documents will do:

  • Utility bill issued within the last three months
  • Local authority council tax bill for the current council tax year
  • Current UK driving licence (but only if not used for the name evidence)
  • Bank, Building Society or Credit Union statement or passbook
  • Original mortgage statement from a recognised lender issued for the last full year
  • Solicitors letter confirming recent house purchase or land registry confirmation of address
  • Council or housing association rent card or tenancy agreement for the current year
  • Benefit book or original notification letter from Benefits Agency (but not if used as proof of name)
  • Inland Revenue self-assessment or tax demand
  • Electoral Register entry
  • NHS Medical card

How we receive your id document

Proof of address1)   E-mail us (recommended)

These documents should be scanned and emailed us to admin@1stchoice-business.co.uk and we will acknowledge to your e-mail.

Proof of address2)   Post us

Alternatively you can present them at our office. Our office address is following.

1stchoice Business Solutions LTD
27 Old Gloucester Street
London
WC1N 3AX
UK

Documents we will not accept include, but are not limited to

  • Provisional driving licence
  • Mobile phone bills
  • Credit card statements

Overseas customers

Our database checks verify that the format of the documents provided by non-uk residents are correct. Depending on the documentation provided, we may also be obliged to ask for your documents to be notarised.

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