My proof of residence

Most adult South Africans will have heard about a "Proof of Residence"; many of us have already provided a Proof of Residence to an organisation at some point in the past.  However, you may not be aware of exactly what you can use as a Proof of Residence.

The Financial Intelligence Centre Act (FICA) introduced the requirement for a Proof of Residence.  The main reason for the Act, and the need for a Proof of Residence, is to fight financial crime, such as money laundering and terrorist financing activities.  So while it may be a hassle to provide your Proof of Residence repeatedly, it serves a necessary function.

DOCUMENTS THAT CAN BE USED AS A "PROOF OF RESIDENCE"

Bank Statement or Financial Statement

From your financial institution (not more than than 3 months old).

Bond Statement

A mortgage bond statement from your financial institution (not more than 6 months old).

Lease Agreement

A copy of a lease agreement signed by both the landlord and you (not more than 1 year old).

Letter from Body Corporate

Correspondence from your body corporate or share–block association addressed to you (not more than 3 months old).

Letter from Landlord

If you live in any type of residence that is not owned by you, a letter from the landlord or administration department of such residence on an official letterhead.

Letter from SARS

Official correspondence from the South African Revenue Services ("SARS") to you (note more than 3 months old).

Life Policy

A recent life insurance policy issued by an insurance company to you.

Municipal Rate and Taxes Invoice

Your municipal rates and taxes invoice (not more than 3 months old).

Retail Account Statement

A retail account statement/invoice (not more than 3 months old).

Short-Terms Insurance Policy

A recent short–term insurance policy document or a short–term insurance renewal letter (not more than 1 year old).

Tax Return/Tax Assessment

An official tax return/tax assessment (not more than 1 year old).

Telephone Account

Your landline or cellphone account (not more than 3 months old).

TV Licence

Your valid television licence document.

Utility Bill

Such as water, electricity or rates (not more than 3 months old).  Generally it is accepted that a Utitly bill addressed to a post box numberis acceptable provided it shows your name, ERF/stand number, township and suburb.

The documents referred to above must contain the following details of the following informaiton:

  • The name OR initials AND the your surname;
  • Your physical address.
It is generally preferred that the properties physical address is described on the document as opposed to it being described in terms of a ERF or Stand Number.
Please bear in mind that organisation that has requested the Proof of Residence may not accept all of the above documents for their own reasons so check with them too.

DISCLAIMER: THERE ARE MORE CONSIDERATIONS THAN WE CAN COVER IN THIS ARTICLE SO ONLY USE THIS INFORMATION AS A GUIDE.   THIS INFORMATION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE.  IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO DISCUSS YOUR SITUATION WITH AN ATTORNEY; CONTACT US AT 0861 88 88 35helpdesk@gcm-legal.com AND THROUGH THE CONTACT FORM ON THIS PAGE.

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