What documents can I use for my right to work check as a British citizen?
- A UK passport - can be expired
- A UK birth or adoption certificate plus proof of your national insurance number
- A Certificate of Registration/ Naturalisation as a British citizen plus proof of your national insurance number
What documents cannot be used for a right to work check as a British Citizen
The following documents cannot prove your right to work in the UK as they do not display your nationality / are not on the Home Office checklist of acceptable right to work documents.
- Driving licence
- Bank statement
- Proof you have paid taxes such as a P45/P50 - these documents can only be used in combination with a UK birth/ adoption certificate or Certificate of Naturalisation/ Registration
- UK marriage certificate
What if I do not have a UK passport or my Certificate?
- If your birth was registered in the UK and your certificate has been misplaced, you can request a copy using the following link: https://www.gov.uk/order-copy-birth-death-marriage-certificate
- Information about how to request, renew or replace your lost passport can also be found on this page: https://www.gov.uk/renew-adult-passport
I was born in the UK, lived and worked here all my life and paid taxes, why do I need to prove my right to work?
For the purposes of the check that we've been asked to perform on you, by your employer or potential employer, you will need to provide a document that shows your right to work in the UK.
Your right to work can only be demonstrated with a document that displays your nationality and is on the Home Office checklist of acceptable right to work documents.
I don't have a passport and it will take too long to receive a new copy of birth certificate, can you make an exception and accept alternative proof?
To abide with the Home Office's right to work guidelines we cannot make any exceptions to the documents you need to provide in order to prove your right to work requested by your employer or potential employer.