Patriot Act Identification Requirements

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As of October 1, 2003, the USA Patriot Act requires to collect information from borrowers to confirm their identity.

The Patriot Act requires 2 forms of identification to be collected and verified by the VA  mortgage home loan originator when an applicant applies for a VA loan.

Each piece of identification must meet an item on the list below.


Acceptable identification must meet the following requirements:

  • The identification must contain a photo of the borrower
  • The identification must contain the Borrower’s name
  • The identification must contain the Borrower’s date of birth
  • The identification must contain a street address (individuals only)
  • In the event that the individual does not have a street address, the loan originator must collect a military P.O. Box number or street address of next of kin or another contact individual.The identification must contain a Taxpayer ID Number (Social Security Number).

For non-US citizens (conscripted members of the Armed Forces) the identification must contain a taxpayer ID number, passport number with country of issuance, alien ID card number, or other foreign-issued picture ID.

It is not necessary for each piece of identification to meet all of the requirements (per id). However, all requirements must be met with a combination of identification.


Acceptable primary forms of identification are:

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Valid State issued ID card (must include photo)
  • Military ID
  • Social Security Card
  • Passport

Acceptable secondary forms of identification are:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Current Utility Bill
  • Medicare Card
  • Student ID
  • Voters Registration
  • Tax Bill Receipt
  • Vehicle Registration
  • Credit Card

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