Digital identity certification for right to work, right to rent and criminal record checks

Guidance on how digital identity providers can become certified to complete digital identity checks for the 'Right to Work', 'Right to Rent' and DBS schemes.



On 27 December 2021, the government announced its intention to enable employers and landlords to use certified digital identity service providers to carry out identity checks on their behalf for many who are not in scope to use the Home Office online services, including British and Irish citizens. The legislation will take effect from 6 April 2022.

This development will align with the Disclosure and Barring Service’s (DBS) proposal to enable digital identity checking within their criminal record checking process, through the introduction of its Identity Trust Scheme.

This guidance sets how providers can become certified to complete digital identity checks for the Right to Work, Right to Rent, and DBS schemes respectively, in line with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) UK Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework (‘the trust framework’).

Published 17 January 2022
Last updated 24 June 2022 + show all updates
  1. A new IDSP has been added to the list of certified IDSPs. Section 3 'What do IDSPs become certified against?' has been updated to reflect the recent publication of the beta version of the trust framework.

  2. Added a new organisation to the list of certified organisations. Amended contact details for HooYu Limited

  3. Added organisation to table in List of certified IDSPs.

  4. Added list of certified IDSPs.

  5. Updated the guidance to reflect recent changes to the Right to Work, Right to Rent and DBS schemes. A new link to the UKAS website has been inserted which provides the list of certification bodies.

  6. First published.