Barclays has launched an Identity Service business to provide online credentials for consumers to access government services.
The bank is one a group of nine companies certified by Gov.UK.Verify to supply and manage public IDs for services such as viewing a driving licence, completing a self-assessment tax return online or claiming a rural payment.
Available to non-Barclays customers, subscription to Identity Service entails a one off registration process which requires consumers to provide a UK passport, UK driving licence and bank account which Barclays checks with third party sources. Finally the user will also be asked questions about themselves to which only they should know the answer.
Once registration is complete, they will then be able to log on to any government services which display the GOV.UK Verify logo using just a user name, password and their mobile.
Peter Simon, head of information at Barclays says: “Modern life is busy so personal admin can often fall down the to-do list unless it can be undertaken easily, quickly and at a convenient time. The Barclays Identity Service will help those looking to access government services do just this, allowing people to register an account without completing long forms or lengthy paperwork or even leaving the house; and then log in through a quick and secure process.”
The launch of the service follows Barclays’ appointment by the Government’s Digital Service as a chosen provider in March 2015. Other certified providers include Digidentity, Experian, Post Office, Verizon, PayPal, GB Group, Morpho and Royal Mail.