Many find this an odd question to be asked by an estate agent, however, for over a decade now we have had an obligation to identify our clients (usually the seller). This procedure is part of our obligation to comply with various anti money laundering regulations
However, from the end of June estate agents may also be obliged to see identification from their buyers once an offer has been accepted through them.
So if you agree to buy a house be prepared to provide ID to the estate agent. Don’t be alarmed or surprised by this. It is purely the estate agent making sure they are compliant with their obligations in law.