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Asking for proof of identity

You can ask for proof of a sheriff officer's identity if they come to your home or workplace.

Every sheriff officer has a red identity book which has:

  • a photo of themselves
  • the crest of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
  • the signature of the sheriff clerk for the area they work in

A sheriff officer must show you their identity book if you ask for it.

A sheriff officer may have a witness with them. They may not have the same type of proof of identity.

If you still feel unsure

If you feel unsure you can:

  • ask them the name of company they work for
  • call the company to check


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