Required Evidence

We will need to see the original documents.

Examples of the evidence needed to support a claim for benefit are shown below:

Proof of Identity and Proof of National Insurance Number

We require a minimum of two pieces of evidence from you (and your partner if you have one), to prove your identity and National Insurance Number. Examples include:

  • original birth certificate
  • driving licence
  • wage slips from current employer
  • passport
  • credit card
  • divorce or annulment papers
  • benefit entitlement letter
  • gas, electric or water rates bill
  • life assurance policy
  • letter from a solicitor, doctor, social worker, probation officer or the Inland Revenue
  • NHS medical card
  • marriage certificate
  • bank statement (should be dated within last 4 weeks)
  • HM forces certificate of employment
  • EC or EBA national identity card
  • Home Office acknowledgement letter


You will be told about the information that you need to supply by the Benefit Advisor when you telephone our New Claims Hotline to make your claim.

Last Updated: 17 January 2020