Govt accepts online payments via Apple, Google Pay for services

Online PaymentsImage: Govt accepts online payments via Apple, Google Pay for services. Photo: Courtesy of GOV.UK.

Basic check applicants who apply directly to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) will now able to make online payments for their check using Apple or Google Pay.

Introduction of these options is expected to make the process easier and more secure for users, as transactions can be approved with fingerprints or facial recognition.

The government launched its online payments platform GOV.UK Pay for services with credit and debit cards in 2016, and more than 2.9 million transactions have been made so far.

To make the system easier to use, Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden has announced that the government will allow payments to be made with mobile phones through Apple Pay and Google Pay.

He said: “We’re focused on making access to government services as easy as possible and introducing mobile payment to GOV.UK Pay will also make transactions more secure.

“This is another good example of how we are working smarter as a government, improving services for people, as well as reducing fraud and costs.”

The government has launched an initial trial of four government services to be payable through Apple Pay and Google Pay.

Online basic check service of DBS, carried out before people are allowed to work in certain sectors, was one of the first to trial Apple and Google Pay.

The three other services taking part in the initial online payments trial are: Global Entry Service, which enables UK citizens to get expedited entry to the US; Registered Traveller Service, which makes it easier for frequent visitors from non-EU countries to enter the UK using modern e-Gates at the border; and Electronic Visa Waiver Service, which allows people from four countries in the Middle East to travel more easily to the UK.

A basic DBS check, called ‘basic disclosure’, can be used to get a copy of one’s criminal record. This is available for people living or working in England and Wales.

Following the initial trial, mobile payment service is planned to be rolled out across more Central government services, and later in 2019, make it available for local government, police and NHS organisations.

GOV.UK Pay lead product manager Till Worth said: “Allowing people to pay for Government services through Apple Pay and Google Pay means they won’t have to enter their credit or debit card information when making payments.

“This innovation will increase the convenience and security of GOV.UK Pay for users and hopefully make their experience online a lot easier.”

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