The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) digital identity pointers allow individuals of all nationalities to show their identity digitally, sometimes utilizing government-issued paperwork.
Certified identity service suppliers
Digital identity have to be undertaken by licensed identity service suppliers (IDSPs).
Any organisation that is ready to meet the necessities set out within the newest model of the UK digital identity and attributes framework, and the DBS digital identity verification steerage, can develop into an authorized IDSP.
Audit and certification is undertaken by certification our bodies recognised by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, also referred to as UKAS.
A listing of licensed IDSPs and data round develop into licensed might be discovered within the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport’s digital identity certification steerage.
Verifying identity and IDSPs working with Registered Bodies and Responsible Organisations
Certified IDSPs will work immediately with Registered Bodies (RBs) for Standard, Enhanced, and Enhanced with Barred List(s) DBS checks, and with Responsible Organisations (ROs) for Basic DBS checks. RBs and ROs are accountable for guaranteeing that the identity test course of is managed in accordance with DBS pointers, as specified within the DBS code of follow, and DBS Basic processing requirements.
RBs and ROs might select which methodology is used to guarantee the identity of an utility based mostly on the next DBS identity pointers:
The non permanent adjustments to ID checking pointers because of COVID-19 stay in place and proceed to be a sound means to confirm the applicant’s identity. These adjustments are detailed in our ‘COVID-19: Changes to DBS ID checking guidelines’ information story.
Government pointers for identity verification
DBS pointers align to authorities pointers for identity proofing, which might be discovered within the ‘How to prove and verify someone’s identity’ steerage.
The authorities pointers for identity proofing define 4 ranges of confidence when verifying an identity. Following a danger evaluation, DBS has specified:
- ‘High confidence’ for Standard, Enhanced, and Enhanced with Barred List(s) DBS checks
- ‘Medium confidence’ for Basic DBS checks
These pointers rating particular person paperwork based mostly on how troublesome it’s to forge or create a counterfeit doc. Strength scores are awarded based mostly on the safety features within the doc, the knowledge it has, and the way the individual’s identity was checked when the proof was issued.
A passport with a biometric chip for instance, will rating greater than a UK driving licence, and a UK driving licence would obtain a better rating than a delivery certificates or adoption certification. All are legitimate types of identity.
The energy and validity scores of the paperwork used will decide whether or not exercise historical past and identity fraud checks are additionally wanted to substantiate the individual’s identity to the required confidence degree.
Verifying an applicant’s identify and present tackle
RBs and ROs should make sure that functions are offered to DBS within the individual’s official identify, and that their present everlasting tackle is verified.
An individual’s present tackle could also be verified digitally by way of an ‘authoritative source’. An authoritative supply, used as a part of an identity test, is accountable for guaranteeing the integrity of the knowledge held is each protected and up-to-date. The authoritative supply should additionally do one of many following:
- Issue proof – for instance, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) points proof corresponding to driving licences
- Obtain data from an organisation that points proof – for instance, credit score reference businesses can have authoritative details about financial institution accounts
- Obtain data from one other authoritative supply – for instance, from one other identity scheme
An individual’s present tackle can also be verified in-person, utilizing documentary proof from the listing of paperwork set out within the following DBS ID pointers, depending on the extent of DBS test being utilized for:
Please word, the everlasting tackle is the applicant’s correspondence tackle and that is the place DBS will ship the applicant’s DBS certificates.
Reusable verified identities
Certified IDSPs might present a ‘reusable verified identity’ which have to be protected utilizing ‘medium quality authenticators’ as outlined within the ‘Using authenticators to protect an online service’ steerage.
When a reusable identity is accepted, the RB or RO should make sure that the applicant’s present tackle is verified within the 90 days previous to the applying being despatched to DBS.