What are IDSPs, who are certified & what it all really means?

The identity service provider (IDSP) was introduced as an idea by the UK government on the 6th of April 2022. Employers can use an IDSP to utilise Identification Document Validation Technology (IDVT) to carry out a digital right-to-work check on behalf of British and Irish citizens who hold a valid passport (including Irish passport cards).

However, from 1 October 2022 employers will no longer be able to use the Covid-adjusted right-to-work check, which allowed a candidate to show their passport on a video call. Instead, they either have to perform a physical, face-to-face check or use an IDSP.


While it is not mandatory for employers to use a certified IDSP for the purposes of the right to work, the Home Office recommends it, as it provides assurance that the provider meets relevant scheme guidance and standards.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks, which most IDSPs are often also certified to perform, employers must use a certified IDSP. When choosing a right-to-work IDSP employers should consider whether the provider’s service is tailored towards the onboarding process.

List of IDSP Providers

Amiqus                                      Onfido                                     Digidentity

Credas                                    Rightcheck                                   Sterling

Deloitte                                     Spotlite                                        GBG

HooYu                                       TrustID                                        Yoti 

OCR Labs                                   Xydus                                         NSL

Why checking ID’s digitally is a good idea

As we have seen, checking IDs digitally can reduce the risk for the person doing the checking but there are other benefits too.

Digital systems are much more likely to be easier to use than getting original documents, making copies, and then storing them somewhere that is both safe and secure.

It’s likely to be much quicker too. With just a few key taps you’ll be able to make sure the person you are dealing with is really whom they say they are.

And overall, it is likely to reduce costs. For large employers who have to check many people every day, it will remove a great deal of work and allow people to get on with more important stuff instead whilst for smaller landlords and employers, the system will already be in place and won’t need to be bought in.

How does Digital Right to Work checks work?

In 8 easy steps.

Step 1: Employer confirms that the applicant has an in-date biometric UK or Irish passport or passport card.

Step 2: Employer sends applicant email/text with a link to begin digital Right to Work check via selected IDSP.

Step 3: Applicant follows a link to IDSP service to capture and upload an image of their passport via the applicable device.

Step 4: Applicant captures and uploads ‘selfie’ for a biometric face check

Step 5: IDSP assesses the identity document and confirms liveness and facial match.

Step 6: IDSP returns report including confirmation that the relevant Level of Confidence has been met.

Step 7: Employer downloads verification report for their records and future Home Office audits.

Step 8: Employer confirms that the employee who comes to work matches the identity of the person verified by the IDSP.

For More IDSP Providers & What they do visit www.rectools.io

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