Evidence of identity and address

Before we issue a library card, we have to see proof of identity and confirmation of address.

Ideally we need one or more documents that include your name and address, supported by a signature or photograph. If you cannot provide a form of ID that contains all the relevant details, we will accept personal ID plus an official document confirming your address.

For example, we will accept a signed or photographic bankcard, plus a separate document giving proof of address, such as a recent utilities bill.

Examples include:

  • Valid full UK driving licence listing current residential address
  • Valid signed passport and official document listing current residential address
  • University matriculation card should be presented by all university students with an official document listing current residential address
  • National identification card with current residential address
  • Bus pass and official document listing current residential address
  • TV licence within the current year and official document bearing signature or photo
  • Council tax bill / council rent book within the current year and official document bearing signature or photo
  • Bank card and official document listing current residential address
  • Recent utilities bill issued within the last three months and official document bearing signature or photo
  • Recent bank or credit card statement issued within the last three months and official document bearing signature or photo.

Not accepted

We do not accept as proof of identity:

  • Mobile phone bills
  • Business cards
  • Online retailer delivery notes / invoices.

Please note: It is your responsibility to provide official translations for foreign documents, where necessary.

If you are unable to provide evidence of name and address, please speak to a member of staff at Readers' Registration or email enquiries@nls.uk.

 

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