Guidance on examining identity documents
27 August 2015
There are thousands of fraudulent identity documents in circulation. The Home Office has updated their guide which explains the security features in identity documents, how identity documents are forged and how to detect basic forgeries.
Secure identity documents are presented as proof of identity, nationality, status within the UK and for employment. Document verification is crucial in ensuring that the documents presented are both genuine and presented by the rightful holder.
There are many thousands of fraudulent identity documents in circulation. However, these documents are not just used for travel, but in any kind of fraud where identity is an issue.
This guidance highlights the type of identity documents seen in the United Kingdom, the main security features present in them and the methods used to forge them. It will assist the reader in the detection of basic counterfeits and forgeries and increase confidence in what to look for when presented with an identity document.
However, this guidance will not provide the skills to detect all fraudulent documents, particularly those which have been produced using highly professional and sophisticated techniques. If you have concerns about a document, you should always seek further advice.