United Kingdom Identity Verification is a digital online candidate verification service that works to verify a candidate’s identification documents and likeness during the background check process. United Kingdom Identity Verification is designed to meet the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) requirements for UK criminal screenings in England and Wales.
At the end of each background check application, candidates working in England or Wales will be guided through this verification process via our third-party provider, Yoti. Yoti is a trusted vendor approved by the United Kingdom that securely verifies identification documents and likenesses of individuals.
For UK basic criminal checks, candidates must meet a medium level of identity confidence as defined by the UK DBS.
Opting out of online digital verification
Candidates may opt out of the online verification process. In these cases, candidates will be required to verify their identity with the hiring company and may receive a request to provide additional information via email. Please note that choosing to opt out of the online verification process may increase the turnaround time of the background check process.
For more information, please refer to DBS digital identity verification guidance.
What happens if a candidate’s UK digital identity verification is unsuccessful?
If a candidate’s UK digital identity verification is unsuccessful, you will be required to verify your candidate’s identity using the same process you do today.