GOV.UK Verify, the government’s chosen way to implement a federated Digital Identity system, is to be extended to three more services, according to a quietly-made update on the main Verify page this week.
These are stated to be:
- Sign your mortgage deed (HM Land Registry)
- Add a pass with your driving licence information to your mobile phone (DVLA)
- Sign in to view your Total Reward Statement (NHS Business Services Authority).
(In case you’re not familiar with the latter, a ‘Total Reward Statement‘ is an NHS employee record of their total compensation package, including pension rights.)
The site reminds visitors that “These services aren’t open to everyone yet because they’re still in private beta” – a testing phase for central government software that isn’t open to members of the public, unlike the next stage, a public beta.
When the three are properly rolled out, that will mean a total of 18 government services would be open to Verify users, including checking your state pension online and requesting or getting a copy of any past criminal convictions you may have online.
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The news will be welcomed by supporters of Verify, and will be of interest to the UK Digital Identity community of suppliers, policymakers and commentators – who will all be out in force at our upcoming special one-day conference on the status of the topic, Think Digital Identity for Government 2018.
With many speakers already confirmed, slots for seats are filling up fast – go here to check on the latest agenda, and here for details on how to secure your place to join in the debate in London on Thursday, 29th November.
Delegates who are already qualified public sector professionals will face no charge for coming along to a packed event that will showcase the thinking on the progress of Verify from multiple stakeholders, including Whitehall, the market and independent analysts. We hope to see you there!