DWP warns six million Universal Credit claimants they need to 'verify' identity

The Department for Work and Pensions has urged six million Universal Credit claimants to "verify" their identity. In its guidance, the DWP explained that verifying a claimant’s identity “helps to link the right person to the right claim and reduce identity fraud".

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) uses a combination of documentary evidence, interviewing and information on DWP records to verify someone’s identity. This may include attending face-to-face appointments or phone biographical interviews

If your appointment is face-to-face at a Jobcentre Plus, you’ll need to bring ID and proof of address, the DWP adds. Depending on your circumstances, details of what evidence you need to provide will be discussed with you when you apply for Universal Credit.

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Photo ID means a passport from any country or photocard driving licence (full or provisional) as well as an NHS identity card with a biometric chip, freign national identity card (but not identity cards issued under the UK National Identity Scheme) and immigration status document or other travel document showing you’re allowed to stay in the UK indefinitely.

Certificate of naturalisation as a British citizen, which shows you’re allowed to work in the UK, foreign photocard driving licence with an international driving permit, valid for up to 12 months from the date you entered the UK and a residence permit, registration certificate or other document showing your right to live permanently in the UK, if you’re a national of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, are also listed.

Proof of address means council tax statements or mobile phone, landline phone, gas, water or electricity bill dated within the last six months. It could also be a UK full or provisional photocard driving licence (if not already used as photo ID) or UK full paper driving licence.

Other examples given include bank, building society, credit card or credit union statement, dated within the last six months. If you successfully verify your identity online, you may not need the full ‘initial evidence interview’.