Land registration—fraud and identity checks
Land registration—fraud and identity checks

The following Property guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Land registration—fraud and identity checks
  • Evidence of identity
  • HM Land Registry guidance
  • Practical issues

HM Land Registry introduced identity checks on 3 March 2008 for applications lodged by non-conveyancers. The requirement for confirmation of identity was extended from 10 November 2008 to applications lodged by conveyancers. Confirmation of identity is required because of the general increase in cases of identity theft and to help prevent the registration of fraudulent applications. When registering transfers, discharges, charges, leases and other dispositions of land, HM Land Registry relies on the steps that conveyancers take, where appropriate, to verify the identity of their clients. Applications will be rejected if confirmation of identity is not provided, when required, including if the wrong forms are used.

If, when lodging an application, you dishonestly provide information or make a statement that you know is, or might be, untrue or misleading, and intend by doing so to make a gain for yourself or another person, or to cause loss or the risk of loss to another person, you may commit the offence of fraud, the maximum penalty for which is 10 years’ imprisonment or an unlimited fine, or both.

Forms AP1, DS2 and FR1 have been amended to include confirmation of identity panels. These panels must be completed (and evidence of identity lodged when required) whenever you apply to register one of the following transactions on or after 10 November 2008 and the true value