What does verification mean?

Verification is checking the original document, taking a photocopy and signing and dating it to confirm that it’s a true copy of the original.

Who needs verification?

We ask everyone for verified documents except for students and people who have already been registered with us.

Who can be a verifier?

You verifier can be a Social Care Wales approved signatory. Approved signatories are people nominated by employers and universities to work alongside us and support the registration process. A list of signatories for your place of work or study can be seen in your SCWonline account when you complete your application or renewal form. If your verifier is not a signatory your endorser will need to confirm that they are a suitable person to confirm your identity.


If you are not currently employed in social care, a professional person who has known you for at least one year, who is not a relative and is not in a personal relationship with you can be your verifier. For example a registered professional, such as a magistrate, your doctor or a headmaster. A registered social worker can verify your documents if this person is approved by the person endorsing your application or renewal. If you are self-employed, the verifier should not be working for the same organization unless they are in a role senior to you the applicant.

Further information can be found in our Verifying and Endorsing Guidance