How Digital Identity Checks Work For DBS Checks
Since 6th April 2022, employers and organisations are allowed to use digital methods to check identity documents rather than viewing the physical documents in person when processing DBS checks.
Digital identity checks are optional, rather than being a requirement, and visual checks of the physical documents can still be implemented.
What are digital identity checks?
In December 2021, the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport) set up a Digital Identity Trust Framework . The framework governs digital identity verification for DBS checks and right to work checks.
The digital identity trust framework states that when processing a DBS check application, a certified provider must be used for digital identity checks.
The framework allows for the increased number of people remote working and hybrid working. Digital identity checks allow applicants to scan their identity document with a smartphone or other mobile device and send it for verification.
Digital identity checks provide a number of benefits for employers and organisations, including:
- Increased security
- More efficient onboarding of staff
- Reduction in human error
- Cost and time savings.
How do DBS digital identity checks work?
The basic premise of DBS digital identity checks are that both the applicant and employer use digital technology to verify that the applicant is who they say they are.
The applicant uses their smartphone camera to capture an image of their documents and take a selfie or video to match them against their own image. A built-in AI engine makes sure that the ID documents and camera images are genuine and correspond.
Using this method, the applicant no longer needs to take the physical documents to the employer in person and the employer no longer needs to visually verify them.
Digital identity checks can also be used for volunteer DBS checks, as well as employee ones.
Can you still verify ID documents in-person?
Yes, the Home Office and DBS are both in agreement that using a digital identity method is entirely optional. In other words, you can still verify your identity in-person.
Sometimes, it may not be possible for an applicant to use the digital identity method. For instance, if the applicant doesn’t possess any scannable ID documents such as a passport or driving licence. Another scenario is that they may not have access to a smartphone.
It is likely that digital identity checks will become the standard way to carry out ID checks. However, they are unlikely to become compulsory any time soon. Employers and organisations are free to use the in-person method, digital identity check, or a combination of the two.
Which levels of DBS check can use a digital identity check?
All levels of DBS check – basic, standard, and enhanced can make use of digital identity check.
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