ID-Pal gains government certification for digital Right to Work and Right to Rent checks in the UK


Global identity verification provider ID-Pal today announced it is agovernment-certified identity service provider (IDSP) for digital right to work and right to rent checks in the UK.

Following a rigorous audit and comprehensive assessment process, ID-Pal was awarded certification in line with the UK Digital Identity & Attributes Trust Framework (DIATF).

This certification is a trust stamp for any business or government body to use a provider with confidence. As an IDSP, ID-Pal allows organisations to perform digital right to work and right to rent checks to comply with changes to government guidelines that took effect from October 1st 2022. 

From this date, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, allows organisations to use an IDSP to complete the digital identity verification element of these checks for British and Irish citizens who hold in-date UK and Irish passports and Irish Passport Cards. 

Using ID-Pal, employers, landlords and letting agents can verify identities and addresses in real-time via a fully branded app. The solution offers fraud prevention and GDPR compliance, provides a statutory excuse against civil penalties and enhances the overall user experience.

Available off-the-shelf or as an API/SDK, ID-Pal can integrate seamlessly with existing processes. Organisations can go live in a day with a solution for conducting digital right to work and right to rent checks, experience faster onboarding and streamline their compliance processes.

On being certified, Colum Lyons, CEO and founder of ID-Pal, said:

“The changes in guidelines to conduct these checks digitally via an IDSP brings legislation into closer alignment with our increasingly digitalised world.

“As more and more of our lives move online it gives us greater freedoms when it comes to how we live and work. These changes to government guidelines ensure organisations can adapt accordingly, whilst demonstrating a firm commitment to data protection and the safe handling of personal information.

“For operators in the rental market managing a UK-wide portfolio, they can conduct checks from any location simply and securely. For employers, capturing and retaining the best talent is a priority for them and this new legislation will help encourage the adoption of processes that support doing exactly that.”

ID-Pal Enterprise Sales Manager, Mark O’Hara, on gaining certification:

“If right to work and right to rent checks are not compliant ultimately it is the employer, hiring manager, landlord or letting agent that faces severe consequences. ID-Pal provides a statutory excuse along with a simple, secure and convenient way of verifying the identity and address of individuals.

“With ID-Pal organisations can go live with a robust government-certified IDSP in a day. The speed and accuracy of our identity document validation technology is especially beneficial for employers in today’s challenging recruitment landscape.”

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