I moved to the UK from continental Europe around one year ago. Recently, I applied for a credit card. I thought I was declined, however today I received mail from the bank asking me to provide more details — namely, confirm my identity and address. I have to provide a "certified copy" of my ID card. They provide a list of "who can certify" which includes "post office, your bank, lawyer, solicitor, serving Police officer, Doctor (GP) etc." This is completely new for me. How does this work? Is it a completely normal thing to ask a police officer (which one?) to certify a photocopy of my ID? Or go to a GP and ask them?

Is this a common thing to do?

I am a bit afraid that I will look like an idiot, as I certainly would if I went to a doctor in my home country and asked them to do such a thing.


Gov.uk has a nice overview. In practice, you go to that person, show them both the original and the copy, they write sign it

If you know, e.g, a teacher, they might simply do it for you free-of-charge. Otherwise, you can go to the post office (details here) and get it done for a fee (probably the simplest solution if you are not too sure about the process).

Finally, if your bank has a physical presence, they should be able to do it themselves too. The point being that you have to show your ID at the counter instead of merely sending a non-certified copy.

  • Thank for the answer! However, I understand the process, but have doubts whether is something common to do in the UK or I will look like an idiot asking people to do so... – M4ks May 13 '15 at 19:20
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    @M4ks It's common, don't worry, I wouldn't grab a random police officer on patrol but why would you look like an idiot just asking? Check the post office website, you will see it's so common that they built a service around it. You can even use the website to locate a branch offering it to be absolutely sure you won't show up at the wrong place. That should put any concern to rest. – Gala May 13 '15 at 20:20
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    It's fine to get a random police officer to certify something, but if you try to get them to attend an emergency as a pretense, then you will be in trouble – Gayot Fow May 13 '15 at 22:59

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