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Providing documents for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support

Providing proof of national insurance number and identity

When you are providing proof of your national insurance and identity you need to submit the original documents. You will only need to provide the documents when you claim benefit for the first time.

Proof of identity

The following documents are acceptable as proof of identity:

  • birth certificate
  • marriage certificate
  • passport
  • medical card
  • driving license
  • UK residence permit
  • EEC identity card
  • recently paid gas or electricity bill

We may need to see several documents for each person.

Proof of national insurance

The following documents are acceptable as proof of national insurance:

  • national insurance number card
  • payslips
  • letters from the department of work and pensions
  • letters from the tax office