Digital identity document validation technology to be opened to employers for right to work and pre-employment DBS checks.

04 January 2022

The Home Office and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) are working together with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to develop legislation that will allow employers and landlords the ability to perform digital identity checks.

This will allow them to use certified Identification Document Validation Technology (IDVT) service providers to perform Right to Work, Right to Rent and DBS pre-employment checks. This will ensure secure and trustworthy checks can be done for those outside of the scope to use the Home Office online services, this includes British and Irish citizens.

Private sector IDVT service providers will be required to get accreditation from the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS). The UK Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework will open up in January 2022 for providers to gain certification.

This new service should support the Home Office in delivering secure and accurate Right to Work checks, while also accommodating for the shift into hybrid and remote working systems that many companies are adopting.

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