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ID proof for non UK resident client

The situation is that I've a Swedish client currently living in Switzerland. He's been a client since 2001, so before the 2004 and 2007 money laundering regulations. I've done my best to get evidence together to satisfy myself as to his identity, but he hasn't a UK address and never comes to the UK - I've never met him. I've no way of knowing if his passport is him or not. I got a certified copy of his passport, but the declaration is in Swiss and I've no idea how to contact the person verifying it's a true likeness etc. He just has UK company for his UK business activities. I thought I'd done enough to prove his ID, but really, looking at the file from an outsiders' point of view (the way the regulators would see it), I have very little. All I've got is purely circumstantial, in that I have several years of dealing with him, but probably next to nothing on file to prove it. Does anyone do ID checks for non UK residents - all the ones I've seen seem to check things like the UK electoral role and UK telephone directory, UK PEPs directory, etc - I don't want to waste money on one of these only to be told they've nothing on him. How do other people get around it?
Ken Howard


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By Anonymous
22nd Apr 2009 14:01

Ask the guy to send an attested Passport copy,or may be you send the copy to the Swiss Embassy in UK for verification.
You can ask him for his mobile phone/telephone bill in Swizterland,which matches the name on the passport,ask for his driving licence copy.
If all the names match then you atleast have the proof of name and address as on the bill and driving licence.
You can ponder over these advices and see if others reply.
This is what i personally though.
Hope you find it useful.

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