We’ve completed our procurement exercise for a new framework for certified companies.
Nine companies have this week signed framework agreements to become certified companies for GOV.UK Verify:
Four of the companies have call-off contracts under the existing framework (Digidentity, Experian, Post Office and Verizon). These companies will continue to provide services for GOV.UK Verify and transition smoothly onto the new framework over the next few months.
Mydex, the fifth company with a call-off contract under the first framework, will not be joining the public beta. We’ve blogged separately about Mydex’s contribution to the development of GOV.UK Verify and their important ongoing role in the development of identity assurance and personal data policy and services.
Paypal was also on the first framework for certified companies but did not sign a call-off contract under that framework. PayPal, along with the four other new companies (Barclays, GB Group, Morpho and Royal Mail), will begin the process of joining GOV.UK Verify shortly. We will confirm their timescales for joining the public beta once we’ve started working with them to agree detailed plans.
This wider range of certified companies will offer people more choice of who they would like to verify their identity, and will bring more data and more methods, extending GOV.UK Verify’s demographic coverage and increasing the overall success rate for people attempting to verify.