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Social Security Benefits: Proof of Identity

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions for what reasons his Department has decided to require the production of a passport as proof of identity for the purpose of access to the services it provides; and what consideration was given to continuing to accept a birth certificate as proof of identity. (256666)

[holding answer 12 February 2009]: The Department for Work and Pensions follows a robust process to verify an individual’s identity prior to providing access to benefits.

The Department accepts passports, including those passports held by citizens with dual nationalities, as well as birth certificates and a range of other supporting identity documentary evidence when assuring a person’s identity.