People and communities Nationality Services

EU Settlement Scheme - Identity verification service

We are not able to provide this service until further notice, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. 

We are one of the Local Authorities providing identity document scanning for those applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. This service is available to resident EU citizens with a valid EU passport, and to their non-EU citizen family members with a biometric residence card issued by the UK.

You can bring your passport or biometric residence card to us, where it can be scanned and verified for you. The purpose of the scan is to confirm your identity so that you will be able to make an application to the EU Settlement Scheme. You must not start your application before you attend.

Please be aware that we are legally prevented from offering any advice or guidance regarding your application or any other issue related to immigration.

When is the service available?

The service is available at the Manchester Register Office, on a Thursday only. You cannot make an appointment in advance, but you can drop-in between 9.00 - 10.00am or between 1.00 - 2.00pm. This is a currently a very popular service and you will need to be prepared to wait, possibly for some time. All customers will be seen, but will be seen in order of arrival.

What to bring with you.

  • your current valid EU passport(s) or valid biometric residence card(s)
  • a mobile phone that can receive text messages or a device that can receive email (please ensure it has sufficient charge, as you will need to use it during the appointment) You need to have an email address.
  • all applicants must attend the appointment, including children.

Please note: this service does not currently accept national identity cards. Only the identity documents listed above can be checked. We will not need to keep your identity document and in most cases, you will not be asked to send it anywhere else during your application.

In some cases, the Home Office may ask you to attend a further appointment or send in your identity document for a decision to be made on your application.

How much does it cost? 

The cost of the identity document scanning service is £14 (including VAT).

Feedback about your experience will be used to make improvements to the process.

Find out more about the EU Settlement Scheme

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