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Application Guidelines

Application Guidelines


There are two types of referees we accept:

  • referees validating the original document(s)
  • referees confirming from official records

A referee validating the original document(s) is a professional person that needs to see an official document(s) confirming your identity e.g. a birth certificate or NHS Medical Card and validate it to confirm your identity.

A referee confirming from official records is a professional person that confirms your details against official records held at their place of work (e.g. a doctor from NHS records).


  • work in a recognised profession where their business details can be verified and are published/advertised in online professional business directories
  • be contactable at their registered business address via email and on their work telephone number during office hours i.e. Mon-Fri, 9.00 - 17.00 – we will definitely call them!
  • not be related to you or in a personal relationship with you (cannot be a guardian, foster carer, spouse, civil partner, fiancé, boyfriend/girlfriend)
  • not live with you
  • be aware of this application and the reference they are providing
  • complete the Digital Referee Declaration Form after you finish uploading your file(s) online.
You have to read Requirements for your first UK ID card before you make an application. We will guide you to select an appropriate verification route after you make a payment. Note all required information must be received by 12pm for the application process to start the same day.