Standard operating procedure

Documental Certification

Documental Certification

When First AML can not electronically verify an individual, First AML will revert to acquiring certified copies of identification and a non-certified copy of a proof of address document.

Approved Certifiers

Please note this is not a comprehensive list of approved certifiers, please refer to the IVCOP 2013 Guidelines Part 2 (8) for further information.

  • Lawyers
  • Chartered Accountants
  • Justice of the Peace/Notary
  • Public
  • Sworn Member of the Police
  • Registered Medical Doctor
  • Registered Teacher
  • Minister of Religion
  • A person who has the legal authority to take statutory declarations or the equivalent in your country

Certification Wording

First AML will request to the customer that the certification must have the following information

“I, [Trusted Referee Name], hereby certify that this is a true and correct copy of the original document which I have sighted, and it represents a true likeness of this individual.”

  • Date of certification
  • Signature of Trusted Referee
  • Profession of Trusted Referee
  • Registration Number if applicable

If electronic verification can not be achieved First AML will contact the customer to provide certified documents. Please see Documental Certification Standards below.

For the full list of data sources please refer to the First AML Compliance Programme Addendum.

Being able to outsource our AML compliance requirements, means our staff are not bogged down making everyone happy.

Mike Kemps, Kemps Weir Lawyers

First AML is a holistic service in terms of contacting clients getting identity information, then completing the PEP check and returning the verification report.

– Lisle Clements, Grant Thornton