Changes to document checks come into effect February 2019
The SIA are making changes to the way that people need to prove their identity when applying for a licence. These new rules will come into effect in mid-February 2019.
The changes will bring the SIA with requirements of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), which are set by the Home Office.
What are the changes?
Until now, people renewing their licence or applying for a licence in an additional sector have only been asked to submit identity documents in certain circumstances – for example, if they have changed their address since their previous application. From mid-February full document requirements will apply to everyone, regardless of whether they are applying for a new licence, renewing their existing licence or applying for a licence in an additional sector.
This will mean that some people who previously would not have been asked to complete their application at the post office will now be required to do so.
What identity documents will be required?
Licence applicants will be required to present one ‘Group A’ document and two ‘Group B’ documents in support of their application. At least one of the documents must show their date of birth and any address shown on these documents must match the address they gave us in their application.
The documents must be originals, not copies, so applicants should plan ahead as they may need to contact banks, utility companies, or local authorities in order to get these.
Please note that applications will not move to Checks in Progress stage until the applicant has been to a post office with the correct identity documents. This is particularly relevant if you are hoping to work under your ‘ACS‘ employers License Dispensation Notice allowance as you cannot until your application has reached this stage.
A full list of ‘Group A’ and ‘Group B’ documents is available on the SIA website here: www.sia.homeoffice.gov.uk/id-documents
What if applicants can’t get to a post office to present their documents?
Applicants who can’t get to a post office can still apply to the SIA for a Post Office Exemption. This is granted in some cases if there is a genuine need; for example, for applicants who live a significant distance from a participating post office.
The full details of the changes can be found here: SIA: Changes to our document checks