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New identification requirements when visiting the reading rooms at The National Archives
If you wish to look at original documents when visiting The National Archives, you will need a Reader's Ticket. If this is your first visit (or if you need to renew your Reader's Ticket), please make sure you bring two forms of identification with you - one proof of identity with a signature (such as a passport or bank card) and the other a proof of address (such as a driving licence or recent utility bill).
Our reader registration pages contain a full list of acceptable identification.
Many of our most popular records are now available online or on microfilm/fiche in the new Open Reading Room. You do not need a Reader's Ticket to use the facilities in this area.