Policy paper

Digital identity document validation technology (IDVT)

From 6 April 2022, IDVT will be introduced to support employers and landlords with right to work, right to rent and pre-employment DBS checks.


Identity document validation technology in the right to work and right to rent schemes, and DBS pre-employment checking

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The Home Office and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) are working with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) as it develops a UK Digital Identity and Attributes Trust Framework. The Home Office has also conducted a review of the availability of specialist technology and its ability to support a system of digital right to work and right to rent checks in the future.

This joint announcement sets out the key outcomes of the review, and how the Home Office is working with DCMS and DBS to enable employers and landlords (letting agents) to use certified identification document validation technology (IDVT) service providers to carry out digital identity checks on their behalf for many who are not in scope to use the Home Office online services, including British and Irish citizens, from 6 April 2022. This will enable checks to continue to be conducted remotely but with enhanced security.

Published 27 December 2021