We are delighted to announce that Yoti and Post Office are the first to be a certified digital identity service provider (IDSP) under the UK Digital Identity & Attributes Trust Framework, for Right to Work, Right to Rent and criminal records checks.
A significant milestone for Yoti and digital identity
This announcement marks the first time that a digital identity app has been approved by the UK government, and our partnership with Post Office has enabled us to bring a unique identity offering to the market.
The Yoti and EasyID reusable digital ID apps give people straightforward way to prove their identity with their phone, which is particularly useful for people like contractors and temporary workers who need to do this regularly.
Alternatively, businesses can use our web service that requires a customer to simply scan their documents and add any other required information.
Finally, the partnership also provides in-branch verification services in Post Office branches for people unable, or who choose not to, do so online.
To achieve certification, we completed a rigorous audit process undertaken by the Digital Identity Systems Certification service authorised by DCMS and UKAS for the pilot certification process.
It represents a significant shift in policy toward digital identity as a valid form of proof of identity, greatly improving compliance processes in our digital world.
What are the changes to guidance?
From 6 April 2022, employers and landlords can use a digital identity service provider (IDSP) to complete identity verification for right to work and right to rent checks. British and Irish citizens who hold a valid passport (or Irish passportcard) will be eligible.
IDSPs can carry out digital identity verification to a range of standards or levels of confidence. The Home Office recommends that employers only accept checks via an IDSP that satisfies a minimum of a Medium Level of Confidence.
GOV.UK provides a list of certified providers to choose from: Digital identity certification for Right to Work, Right to Rent and criminal record checks.
Why is this important?
- Over 7 million adults have to complete DBS (Criminal Record) checks a year
Over 30 million people work in the UK and have to complete Right to Work checks
- £1.275m value of penalties issued between 1 July to 30 September 2021 for non-compliance, with a maximum fine of £20,000.
- 9% of people surveyed have needed to prove their identity due to starting a new job in the past 12 months (Post Office Hot Topics data)
- 46% of people don’t feel comfortable with businesses taking a photocopy of their ID (Post Office Hot Topics data)
Who are we working with?
We are pleased to be working with many of the largest screening companies in the UK, who have recognised the unique proposition the Yoti and Post Office partnership offers.