What you need to apply

  • proof of your address - a copy of a utility bill, council tax bill or bank statement dated within the last 3 months
  • proof of your identity - a copy of your passport, both parts of your driving licence, birth certificate, marriage or civil partnership certificate. If you are sending your driving licence we can accept this as proof of your address too.
  • proof that you receive any of the benefits below or that you are registered blind.
  • higher Rate Mobility Component of the Disability Living Allowance
  • War Pensioner's Mobility Supplement
  • Armed Forces and reserved Forces Compensation Scheme
  • you are registered blind
  • Enhanced or Standard Rate with a score of 8 or above in the ‘Moving Around’ activity of the Mobility Component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Note: The score of 8 or above does not include marks for planning a journey
  • a passport standard photograph - if you are not sending in photo ID such as a passport or driving licence you will need to get a professional person to sign the back of this photo to say that it is a true likeness of you

Why we need this information & how we'll use it

We have a duty to protect the public funds we administer, and as result may use information that you provide us for the prevention and detection of fraud.

We may also share this information with organisations responsible for auditing or administering public funds for these purposes.

Checking personal information records

The Cabinet Office is responsible for carrying out data matching exercises. Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match.

This is usually personal information.

Computerised data matching allows potentially fraudulent claims and payments to be identified.

Where a match is found it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation.

No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.

Information we provide

We participate in the Cabinet Office's National Fraud Initiative: a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud.

We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Minister for the Cabinet Office for matching for each exercise, as detailed here.

The Cabinet Office's use of data in data matching

The use of data by the Cabinet Office in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority under Part 6 of the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.

It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.


If your application is successful there is a fee of £10. 

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