Following the implementation of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007, notaries are now obliged to keep enough evidence on their files of the identity and the address of all their clients before they undertake any work.
Each person whose signature they are to certify must provide one of the following original identification documents at the time of the appointment.
- Driving licence (with photo card)
- National identity card (EEA state members)
- An armed force pass (with photo and signature)
- Firearms licence (with photo and signature)
- Other government issue ID (with photo and signature)
- Residence permit
- Benefit book or original notification letter from Benefits Agency
In addition, they require proof of residence, which can be one of the following original documents:
- Bank statement or letter from bank
- Utility bill or council tax bill (not mobile phone bill)
- Tenancy agreement or Housing Association rent card
- Inland revenue tax demand or self-assessment statement
When a Notary Public is acting for a corporate client, evidence of the due incorporation of the company or entity is required. This can be one of the following documents:
- Extract from the company register
- Certificate of incorporation
- Latest report and audited accounts
- Up to date certified copy of partnership agreement
- Evidence of being regulated by a regulatory body such as the Law Society or FSA.
In addition to the above, each individual signatory will need to produce one of the identification documents mentioned above.