Who can certify my documents?
Copies of documentation can be certified by a regulated professional person covered by the money laundering regulations or a government body, such as a UK Lawyer, Banker and Authorised Financial Intermediary. However the overriding requirement is that the person undertaking the certification must be capable of being contacted if necessary and therefore contact details should be obtained.
Further examples include persons in a position of responsibility who know the prospective customer, can confirm that they are who they say they are, and can confirm their permanent address. Persons in a position of responsibility are: Doctor, Dentist, Solicitor, Ministers of Religion, Teachers, Hostel Managers, Social Workers, Care Home Managers, Prison Governors, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Civil Servants, Members of Parliament, Members of the Scottish Parliament or Northern Ireland Assembly, Justice of the Peace, Local or County Councillor, or staff in the registry of a higher or further education institution. In addition a district nurse or midwife who has visited the client in their home.
Applicants should not be permitted to certify their own identification evidence. If the document contains a photograph these individuals need to state, 'I confirm true likeness and original document supplied' otherwise they need to state 'original seen' and be dated. They must include a contact name, land line telephone number as well as signing their name. There is no restriction on the date as long as the actual document is valid.