When do I need to use it?
When you use a government service that requires GOV.UK Verify to check your identity, you'll need to sign up.
How does it work?
First you select the service you want on GOV.UK. Next you are able to choose from a list of certified companies – the Post Office is proud to be one of the first companies certified by GOV.Verify. Once you have selected Post Office you will be able to begin the process of assuring your identity online.
- We’ll need some personal information such as: name, date of birth and address. You will also need two identity documents – passport and photocard driving licence. Lastly, to ensure that someone isn’t trying to pretend to be you, we ask a few multiple-choice questions that only you should know.
- The process takes around 10 minutes to complete: once your identity is assured you will be able to use your single username and password to access a growing number of government services.
Note: If you don’t need to use any of the services right now, you can register for a reminder from the Post Office. We'll get in touch and help you through the whole GOV.UK Verify process.
How is it different?
The government won't hold all of your information, which is a lot more secure. You'll have a choice of which company you'd like to use to assure your identity and won't be asked to give personal information that you don't need to.