I dont know if this is really the correct place for query like this, but daughter just rang from college, is arranging next years accomodation with five chums, and the landlord has asked for copies of their passports as identity check. She wants me to scan the details page, email it to her, since they all confirmed thay had passports - why I dont know. Is this really a good idea, or is there nothing to be concerned about here? I am surprised at such a request, when they all have driving licences, which serve the same purpose.
The only saving feature is that he didn't ask for the original
It never ceases to amaze me how many organisations expect you to quite happily commit your original passport and other documents to the postal system. Even if you send them by special delivery they are quite ready to send the stuff back in the ordinary mail
I don't really think the request is the end of the world. He's prudent to ask for proper identification and a copy seems ok
If it really concerns you can the college not confirm her identity with some sort of photo card?
961, I think I had to send my passport to apply for driving licence after I lost that. Yes, they have student union cards, etc, but this landlord thought they are not good enough. For these sort of matters, ID cards are a good idea. I'll send the scan, no more worrying about it.
This is a fairly common request these days if you are buying or selling property, all to do with money laundering legislation, but as wiz-king says 'What if you don't have one'. I supplied my solicitor with a low grade scan of mine when buying and selling my property, but I would be a bit more wary of supplying it to someone like a Landlord.
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