How to get proof of address in the UK

by | Apr 16, 2024 | Council Tax, Moving, Moving Guides

Proof of address is one of the key pieces of ID you’ll need while living in the UK.

You’ll be asked for it when opening a bank account, registering for local services, starting a tenancy and more. However, getting proof of address can be tricky, especially if you’re new to the UK.



What can you use for proof of address?

As a general rule, you can use a document or letter from an official government body that includes your name and full address as proof of address.
Different organisations will have different requirements, but the following documents are widely accepted.

  • UK driving licence
  • Recent utility or Council Tax bill
  • Recent bank statements or credit card bill
  • Signed tenancy agreement
  • Mortgage statement for the preceding year
  • A letter from a government organisation like HMRC or the NHS
  • Vehicle or Home insurance certificate


Proof of address when you’re new to the UK

As you might have realised, it can be difficult to get one of these documents if you are new to the UK. Many of the accepted forms of ID require proof of address in the first place!

If you’re new to the UK, we recommend arranging your utilities ahead of your move. This means you can receive a bill as soon as possible to use as proof of address.

If you’re moving to the UK soon, register for free with Please Connect Me. Our team can take you through setting up all your essential services ahead of your move saving you time, money and effort. Find out more and sign up here.


Proof of address without bills

If you haven’t had a chance to set up any bills or accounts, there are a few things you might be able to use as temporary proof of address.

Those working in the UK can ask their employers for a letter confirming your identity and address.

If you’re studying, you can similarly request a letter from your university or college with your address details on it.
Some banks will also accept a letter from one of their existing customers vouching for you.

These documents might not be accepted, so reach out to the orgnaisation you’re dealing with first to see which documents they do accept.



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