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Financial Intelligence Centre Act, 2001 (Act No. 38 of 2001)


Guidance Note 3

Guidance for Banks on Customer Identification and Verification and Related Matters

Establishing and Verifying Identities

Natural Persons - Foreign Nationals

15. Identification and verification


Regulation 6(3) of the Regulations provides for instances in which a bank deems it reasonably necessary to obtain, in addition to a person's identity document (foreign passport), further information or documentation verifying the identity of such a person.


In instances when a bank requires further confirmation of the identity of a foreign national, the bank may obtain such confirmation:

a letter of confirmation from a person in authority (for example, from the relevant embassy), which confirms authenticity of that person's identity document (passport).


Decisions concerning when further confirmation of the identity of a foreign national may be required and the nature of such information should be based on a bank's risk framework, referred to in paragraph 2 above.