This week a small group of people became the first users to sign in to a government service using identity assurance. (Janet Hughes’ recent blog post explained what identity assurance is and how it works.)
HMRC’s Pay As you Earn (PAYE) exemplar service went into private beta on Monday. This means the service will be made available to a small group of volunteer users between now and April, while HMRC tests and develops it for larger numbers of people to use. Users of the service will sign in using identity assurance.
From prototypes to live services
HMRC’s private beta means we can start testing identity assurance with live identity providers and a live government service. This will build on our year-long programme of user research, where until now we’ve been using prototypes rather than live services.
During the private beta, we’ll be continuing to develop and improve the identity assurance service to get it ready for public beta (when it will be available for anyone to use, rather than small groups of invited users).
Adding more services
Initially we will be adding more services and users quite gradually, as we continue to get the service ready for wider use. Other services will begin to use identity assurance from March onwards, starting with DVLA’s view driving record service. The DVLA will start trialling identity assurance for some users, aiming to use it exclusively once the identity assurance service is in public beta.
From June onwards we’ll start to increase the pace, adding more services and allowing more people to sign in securely and conveniently with identity assurance.
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