What is digital ID verification?

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What is digital ID verification?

What is digital ID verification?

  • This is the government’s new way for applicants to verify their identity to you. It can be used for DBS checks, Disclosure Scotland checks and Right to Work checks.
  • If an applicant uses digital ID verification to verify themselves (successfully), you won’t need to check their original identification documents face-to-face.
  • We strongly recommend that you consider how not doing this may affect your recruitment policies and procedures, but it will not be a mandatory requirement to check their original documents face-to-face if they successfully verify themselves using digital ID verification.

What are the benefits of digital ID verification to the employer?

  • Reduces the time and effort you need to invest in checking original documents face-to-face.
  • Reduces the time and effort of training your internal recruiters to make sure they know how to identify fake or invalid ID documents, or be familiar with the legislation that governs which documents need to be checked under what circumstance.
  • Increases the speed and efficiency of your hiring process compared to manual ID verification.
  • Allows you to meet your legal obligation of checking your applicant’s ID.
  • Confirms the Level of Confidence that the DBS is looking for.
  • Verifies a very specific set of requirements – set out by the DBS – so you can be sure it will meet their standards.
  • Eliminates manual error associated with typing in details from one document into your system or ours.

How does digital ID verification work?

  • The applicant uses the camera on their desktop and their mobile phone to submit the data and information on their passport and driving licence to us.
  • The applicant may also be asked to take a selfie and may be asked to say a few words into the camera as well, to check they’re not a robot. The system then compares their likeness to the photo on the identity document using a mathematical algorithm.
  • The system carries out the security checks and returns a result within a few minutes. If the system cannot verify the applicant there and then, a manual check may be required. This will take more time, but the applicant will still be able to carry on adding other information into their application form.

Which documents do they need to use?

It depends on which type of check is being carried out:

  • For DBS applications: applicants must use a valid/in-date passport and driving licence. A national ID card may be requested for non-UK nationals.
  • For Right to Work: applicants can only use a UK or Irish passport for Right to Work checks.

What digital ID verification means for your applicants

  • Your applicant will be free to share their digital ID as often as they like, but they will only need to upload their ID and address documents once (until they expire or the details on them change). So being screened will be even easier for them next time. Plus, they control which data to share, with whom and when.

What are the costs?

  • There is a small admin fee chargeable for each digital ID verification per applicant (whether they pass or fail the digital verification).

What if the applicant doesn’t use digital ID verification?

  • From October 1st 2022, if you carry out ID checks by video, you’ll need to have the applicant’s original documents in your possession.
  • Applicants will of course still be able to use our screening portal to upload copies of their ID documents and type in their information in the same way they currently do.

How can I find out more?

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