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Government approves first digital Right to Rent identity providers

The Post Office and Yoti have been given the green light to certify digital identities for Right to Rent and Right to Work schemes.

Nigel Lewis

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The Government has approved the first two certified digital identity service providers, marking the latest step in its attempts to use tech to police the nation’s immigration system including Right to Rent.

The Post Office and UK tech giant Yoti are now approved to be used by businesses to both check new hires have a right to work in the UK, and by letting agents and landlords to verity whether tenants have the right to take on tenancies within the private rented sector.

Since 6 April all these checks can be carried out using Identity Document Validation Technology via the services of an Identity Services Provider to complete the digital identity verification element of Right to Work and Right to Rent checks for British and Irish citizens who hold a valid passport, including Irish passport cards.

Following today’s announcement, agents can now utilise The Post Office and Yoti partnership to achieve these requirements for staff or tenants.

Identity verification can be integrated into an agency’s digital platforms so they can let candidates and customers prove their identity by scanning in their documents and providing other relevant information.

Speedier approvals

Working with certified providers will give businesses the reassurance of compliance, as well as speeding up the approvals for both them and their customers.

The Post Office and Yoti partnership will bring three services to the market for employment vetting – identity verification (web), reusable digital identity (app) and in-person verification in Post Office branches.

To date, over three million mainly younger people have already joined the Yoti and Post Office digital ID network as these apps can also be used to prove your age in bars.

June 7, 2022

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