How can a UK citizen with no passport or National Insurance letter get ID verification? | Lawhive - Solicitors & Lawyers Online
How can a UK citizen with no passport or National Insurance letter get ID verification?
This is really frustrating. I'm a university student, 21. I lost my Driving license, and the DVLA are taking MONTHS to get it back to me( literally like 3-4 months). I haven't had my NI letter since i was 18, as we moved house. Never really planned for this scenario. Basically now i've lost my license: * I have no Driving license. * I have no National insurance letter (Only a slight picture including the number lmao.) * I have no passport (Broke up-bringing, never even been abroad.) The real kicker? I can't apply for a new national insurance letter because i need my ID to sign up for a tax account. I can't submit a letter to the HRMC to open one because guess what? I need ID verification! I can't apply for a passport, because i need further verification. The UK's verification process for UK citizens (Born) has to be the most cringiest fucking thing. " Here's a NI letter randomly when you're 16. if you lose it, and don't have a passport, you're fucked. " I'm stuck with a birth certificate that requires secondary proof, of which to get, requires a birth certificate... with secondary proof. Anyone have a loophole escape? 2nd year of university and i really REALLY need a job ASAP. * Slight edit: Thanks to the people below telling me to ring a specific HMRC number, i got my NI letter re-sent without need of any " verification "! They were really relaxed and honest, so thats a big step forward. Now it's just back to flooding DVLA with calls. Thanks so much haha. alot of stress relieved!

Manuel Avis

5th October 2021

+651

654 upvotes

Top Answer
For your NI issue, write to HMRC and then make a formal complaint then involve your MP. For your licence, involve your MP and it may mean things get dislodged more quickly.

Patricia Garcia

2nd February 2022

+20

23 upvotes

As secondary proof, can a paralegal draft a notarised letter attesting to the identity and name and location etc. and have a couple of individuals close to OP sign? Just a suggestion - one of the lawyers or paralegals here might be able to answer. I’ve used this as valid proof of residency before. It may set you back 50-100 Pounds but may be a way out of this loop.

Jennifer Carter

2nd February 2022

2 upvotes

As far as I’m aware driving licence’s aren’t a valid form of right to work in the uk

Teresa Hirsch

2nd February 2022

+235

238 upvotes

What is blocking you from getting a passport? AFAIK, the other evidence you require is your parents passport number if valid, or their passport at the time of your birth, or their birth certificate.

John Vautour

2nd February 2022

+53

56 upvotes

Call HMRC they'll sort you out with a new letter with your National insurance number.

Rose Ferrara

2nd February 2022

+9

12 upvotes

You should be able to get a [Citizen Card](https://www.citizencard.com/) with the help of a GP or an official within your school at Uni as laid out [here](https://www.citizencard.com/requirements-for-a-first-uk-id-card) under "Referee with access to official records - confirms your details against their official records". This route may take a little longer, but is viable for someone without a passport, drivers licence or a birth certificate. You should be able to use that alongside bank statements etc. to prove who you are. Edit: Just to add, if you're really struggling for money check out your Uni's hardship fund. You have a unique circumstance in that you are actively trying to support yourself but have encountered issues with employment because of a few issues that were unforeseen.

Thomas Liv

2nd February 2022

+32

35 upvotes

HMRC can post you a letter out if you phone them or use we chat. Will just need to answer some security questions (might need to give a previous address if it's not been updated).

David Mccarty

2nd February 2022

2 upvotes

You can apply for an NI letter without a tax account, it's the paper application form CA5403, (see [gov.uk/government/publications/national-insurance-get-your-national-insurance-number-in-writing-ca5403](https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-insurance-get-your-national-insurance-number-in-writing-ca5403)). If you haven't already, try that postal form. I just ran through it myself with minimal details, and it asked for *one* of: birth certificate, passport, full or provisional driving licence. So you might be in luck.

Angelina Dowling

2nd February 2022

+4

7 upvotes

Ring hmrc, can use other ways to pass security without NI number and they will issue a letter with it on

Freddie Hauff

2nd February 2022

2 upvotes

Do you have student finance? Your NI number is on your Loan portal too.

Micheal Johnson

2nd February 2022