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    DVLA Provisional License Identity Proof for 17 Year Old?

    My stepdaughter is applying for her provisional driving license having just turned 17, the problem is she needs to provide proof of identity and I don't know what I can send.

    The documents they accept are:

    You can use a UK birth, adoption or naturalisation certificate, but you must send it with one of the following:

    National Insurance card or a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) showing your National Insurance number:
    (They don't issue cards any more and why would the DWP send her a letter?)

    photocopy of the front page of a benefits book or an original benefits claim letter
    (She is not on any benefits)

    P45, P60 or pay slip
    (She is doing an apprenticeship so doesn't get these)

    marriage certificate or divorce papers (decree nisi or absolute)
    (Obviously she is not married or divorced)

    a gender recognition certificate
    (I'm not even sure what this is but I can guess and she doesn't have/need one!)

    college or university union card, education certificate or PASS proof of age card (issued after June 2014)
    (She is not at college or university and doesn't have a proof of age card)

    So what does she send? Only thing I can think of is her GCSE certificate, does that count?

    Thanks

    7 Comments

    Does she have a passport? Also I would suggest it is better to get it checked at a post office if they still do that, then you don't have to send any documents.

    I believe a biometric passport number (repeat: number, no need to physically send the passport anywhere) is also accepted (no doubt she does not have one, or would obtain one but she cannot provide any ID docs from the list...).
    gov.uk/id-…nce

    Just ring dwp or tax people asking for letter with her NI number

    Original Poster

    She does not have a passport sadly. The letter has to be from the DWP, but she doesn't work or have a pension so not sure why they would send her a letter?

    Original Poster

    Just rang them and got it sorted. Got through to an actual person straight away, used to be on hold for hours which is why I asked here first X)

    Everyone is now sent a National Insurance letter when they are about 16 with their NationalInsurance number on it. If your step daughter didn't get hers or has lost it , it might be worth seeing if you can get a duplicate. It's used for ID for quite a few things, and she will probably be asked for it when she starts applying for jobs. My son has been asked for his several times over the past few weeks as he is trying to sort out an apprenticeship.

    Original Poster

    tinkerbellian3 h, 4 m ago

    Everyone is now sent a National Insurance letter when they are about 16 …Everyone is now sent a National Insurance letter when they are about 16 with their NationalInsurance number on it. If your step daughter didn't get hers or has lost it , it might be worth seeing if you can get a duplicate. It's used for ID for quite a few things, and she will probably be asked for it when she starts applying for jobs. My son has been asked for his several times over the past few weeks as he is trying to sort out an apprenticeship.


    This is exactly what the DVLA said we could use. Despite it clearly stating on the letter that it is NOT to be used as proof of identity! 🤣
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