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Apple and Google Pay for online basic checks

Government starts to accept payment through Apple and Google Pay for online services.

Apple and Google Pay

Basic check applicants that apply directly to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) are now able to pay for their check using Apple or Google Pay.

The introduction of this option will make the process easier and more secure for users, as transactions can be approved with fingerprints or facial recognition.

Minister for Implementation, Oliver Dowden, said:

We’re focused on making access to government services as easy as possible and introducing mobile payment to ​GOV.UK Pay​ will also make transactions more secure.

This is another good example of how we are working smarter as a government, improving services for people, as well as reducing fraud and costs.

DBS’ online basic check service was one of the first to trial Apple and Google Pay alongside three other services, which are detailed in the Cabinet Office’s press release, here.

Lead product manager for GOV.UK Pay, Till Worth, said:

Allowing people to pay for Government services through Apple Pay and Google Pay ​means they won’t have to enter their credit or debit card information when making payments. ​This innovation will increase the convenience and security of ​GOV.UK Pay​ for users and hopefully make their experience online a lot easier.

Published 7 May 2019