UK digital identity & attributes trust framework: updated version - GOV.UK



Please note the deadline for expressions of interest in testing the framework has been extended to Sunday 19 September.

Digital identities are an easy way to help us prove who we are without the need for physical documents. They can also help us prove things about us, such as our age or our qualifications. The government is working to develop the digital identity market without the need for national identity cards.

This updated document sets out the government’s vision for the rules governing the future use of digital identities. It supersedes the original version of the digital identities trust framework which was published in February 2021. Comments from that version of the framework have been fed into this updated version. You can read more about the changes which have been made in the ‘feedback received and updates’ section in the main document on this page.

For more information on this new version of the trust framework, please see the press notice.

The digital identities trust framework is part of the government’s wider plan to make it quicker and easier for people to verify themselves using modern technology. The aim is to create a process as trusted as using passports or bank statements.

The government is inviting expressions of interest in testing this updated version of the framework. Details of the testing are available in the document on this page. You can express an interest in the testing using the link below. Please read the alpha testing of the trust framework page before submitting an expression of interest.

Please note there is also currently a consultation asking for views on how the digital identity system should operate, including proposals for a governing body which will be charged with making sure organisations follow government rules on digital identity. The consultation is open until Monday 13 September.

Published 2 August 2021

Last updated 8 September 2021

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  1. 8 September 2021

    The deadline for expressions of interest in testing the framework has been extended by two weeks to Sunday 19 September.

  2. 6 August 2021

    Added UK digital identity and attributes trust framework - delegated authority guidance.

  3. 2 August 2021

    First published.