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I have recently started work after months of being unemployed, but in order to receive my wages I need a bank account. I have been all over town trying to open an account, but each time I’m told I need something with my signature on it, such as a driving licence or a passport: unfortunately I have neither. Is there any law about this, or is it just the banks’ rules, and is there any way round it?

Banks, buildings societies and other businesses providing financial services have had to tighten up on security as a result of the Money Laundering Regulations first introduced in 1994. These measures include obtaining proof of the identity and address of anyone wishing to open an account. Official documents are best. Ring the bank to discuss what they might be prepared to accept.

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