Reader Registration - Archives
The Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service and the William Salt Library, Stafford, operate an independent reader registration system. County Archive Research Network (CARN) tickets are, therefore, not valid at our service points, although they may be used as proof of identity and address.
On your first visit to one of our service points you will be asked to complete a registration card so that we can issue a reader's ticket to you. You will also be required to produce proof of both identity and permanent address (see lists below). There is no need to obtain a reader's ticket in advance of your visit.
As part of the registration process readers agree to accept a Code of Conduct. Please download the relevant document from below:
Information Leaflet : Code of Conduct and Staffordshire Record Office Procedures for Readers (56kb)
Information Leaflet : Code of Conduct and Stoke on Trent City Archives Procedures for Readers (54kb)
Information Leaflet : Code of Conduct and Lichfield Record Office Procedures for Readers (54kb)
Please note that original documents cannot be consulted until the registration procedure has been completed.
Validity and renewal
Readers tickets are valid at all of our service points, and the William Salt Library, for two years. They may be renewed at any of our service points on production of proof of identity and address.
Acceptable proofs of identity and address
To be acceptable as proof of identity and/or address a document must be official or semi-official, preferably an item from the lists below, which are not definitive but are given for guidance. Other documents may be accepted at the discretion of the Head of Archive Services. If you are in any doubt as to the acceptability of any document please contact us in advance of your visit.
Identity and Address
- CARN Ticket
- Driving licence (must include an address)
- Firearms licence
- AA/RAC membership
- Bank cheque card
- British Library ticket
- Bus/rail card
- Credit card
- National Trust card
- Premium bond
- National Archives ticket
- Bank statement
- Building society statement
- Child Benefit statement
- Fishing permit
- Giro cheque book
- NHS medical card
- Pension book
- Rent book
- Vehicle insurance cert
- Official bill (less than 3 months old)