Officially valid document as per Prevention of Money-Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules 2005

By | June 17, 2017
(Last Updated On: June 17, 2017)

Officially valid document

As per Section 2(d) of Prevention of Money-Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Rules, 2005 officially valid document means :

means 1[the passport, the driving licence, the Voter’s Identity Card issued by Election Commission of India, job card issued by NREGA duly signed by an officer of the State Government, the letter issued by the National Population Register containing details of name, address, or any other document as notified by the Central Government in consultation with the Regulator]:

2[Provided that where simplified measures are applied for verifying the identity of the clients the following documents shall be deemed to be officially valid documents:

(a)  identity card with applicant’s Photograph issued by Central/State Government Departments, Statutory/Regulatory Authorities, Public Sector Undertakings, Scheduled Commercial Banks, and Public Financial Institutions;

(b)  letter issued by a gazetted officer, with a duly attested photograph of the person: ]

3 [Provided further that where simplified meausres are applied for verifying the limited purpose of proof of address of the clients, where a prospective customer is unable to produce any proof of address, the following documents shall be deemed to be ‘officially valid document’

(a)  utility bill which is not more than two months old of any service provider (electricity, telephone, post-paid mobile phone, piped gas, Water bill);

(b)  property or Municipal tax receipt;

(c)  bank account or Post Office savings bank account statement;

(d)  pension or family pension payment orders (PPOs) issued to retired employees by Government Departments or Public Sector Undertakings, if they contain the address;

(e)  letter of allotment of accommodation from employer issued by State or Central Government departments, statutory or regulatory bodies, public sector undertakings, scheduled commercial banks, financial institutions and listed companies. Similarly, leave and licence agreements with such employers allotting official accommodation; and

(f)  documents issued by Government departments of foreign jurisdiction and letter issued by Foreign Embassy or Mission in India.]

4 [ Explanation.—For the purpose of this clause, a document shall be deemed to an “officially valid document” even if there is a change in the name subsequent to its issuance provided it is supported by a marriage certificate issued by the State Government or Gazette notification, indicating such a change of name.]


1. Substituted for “the passport,………as notified by the Central Government in consultation with the Regulator” by the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Second Amendment Rules, 2017, w.e.f. 1-6-2017.

2. Inserted by the prevention of money-laundering (maintenance of records) amendment rules, 2013, w.e.f. 27-8-2013.

3. Second proviso inserted by the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Amendment Rules, 2015, w.e.f. 15-4-2015. 6aa. Explanation inserted by the Prevention of Money-laundering (Maintenance of Records) Third Amendment Rules, 2015, w.e.f. 22-9-2015.

4. Explanation inserted by the Prevention of Money-Laundering (Maintenance of Records) Third Amendment Rules, 2015, w.e.f. 15-4-2015.

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