Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to the questions that everyone has been asking.

 

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FAQs


General

  • Why do I have to verify myself online?
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    In order to be able to use online government services safely, you must prove who you are. The Government Digital Service (GDS) has developed GOV.UK Verify, a new online service that allows you to verify your identity to access an increasing range of government online services.

  • Who are CitizenSafe?
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    We're a certified identity verification company and a proud partner of GOV.UK Verify. We've been providing simple and secure identity checks since 2003. Our service is safe and trusted.

  • What is identity verification?
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    GOV.UK services contain sensitive information about you, so to make sure you are protected you will be asked to verify your identity.

    You will need to show you're you, and not someone pretending to be you. You can do this with CitizenSafe and we’ll tell GOV.UK that it’s really you.

    To do this we need to ask you some questions (that only you will know the answers to) and details from official documents, like your passport and driving licence.

  • Who needs to use it?
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    Anyone who wants to access an online government service through GOV.UK Verify will need to have their identity verified by a certified provider (that's us!). You can choose CitizenSafe to do your check when you register with GOV.UK Verify.
  • Will I have to pay for it?
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    No, it's free to use.
  • Is an identity check the same as a credit check?
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    No. CitizenSafe identity check is not a credit check. Only you and us will be able to know your data has been checked. Having your identity verified with us will not affect your credit rating in any way.

  • Is CitizenSafe accessible to everyone?
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    We are committed to making our online information accessible to as many visitors as possible.  Read more about our efforts on our accessibility policy.

  • How can I stop CitizenSafe emails from ending up in my spam folder?
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    Sometimes legitimate emails get filed into your spam/junk folder. To stop this from happening, you can select these emails as "Not Spam" or mark it as “Safe”. You can also add our email address, noreply@citizensafe.co.uk, to your “Contacts List” to ensure that they get delivered to you Inbox.

Registering with us

  • What do I need to register?
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    To register, you just have to provide a few basic personal details. Once it's time to have your identity checked, you’ll need to provide a bit more information including:

    • Passport details
    • Driving Licence details
    • Mobile phone number
    • Bank card details
    • Bank account details
    • Answers to some questions that only you will know
  • How do I register with CitizenSafe?
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    Registering with us is easy, simply choose a government service you want to use that uses the Verify login and select CitizenSafe.

  • What if I start registering but want to complete the process later?
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    No problem. You can save your details at any stage and come back to it later.

  • Why do you need my email address?
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    Linking your email address to your CitizenSafe account makes it even more secure. For instance, if you've forgotten your username we can send you a reminder by email.

  • Why do you need my mobile phone number?
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    Linking your mobile number to your CitizenSafe account means you can have security codes sent to your mobile phone to allow you to sign in to GOV.UK services in the future.
  • Why do you need my UK bank account details?
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    We need your UK bank account details to run your identity check. Your financial history will be used to ask you questions that only you will know the answers to. They ensure we can verify that you are who you say you are.
  • What if I can not proceed with my registration?
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    If you're experiencing problems with registering on CitizenSafe you may need to clear your cache (i.e. data stored on your device) in order to continue. There are a few different ways to do this depending on whether you are accessing the service on your computer, tablet or mobile, and which browser you are using.

     

    How to clear your cache on a mobile phone or tablet:

    Apple iPhone/iPad:

    1. Go to Settings
    2. Click on Safari
    3. Click 'Clear cookies and Data' and click 'Confirm'

    Android:

    1. Go to Browser
    2. Click on the menu icon
    3. Click 'Settings'
    4. Click 'Privacy & security'
    5. Click 'Clear cache'

     

    How to clear your cache on a laptop/desktop computer:

    Internet Explorer:

    1. Open the Internet Explorer menu
    2. Click 'Safety'
    3. Click 'Delete browsing history'
    4. Check the 'Temporary internet files and website files' box and click 'Delete'


    Chrome:

    1. Open the Chrome menu
    2. Click 'Settings'
    3. Click 'Show advanced settings'
    4. Click 'Clear browsing data'
    5. Check the 'Cached images and files' box and click 'Delete'


    Firefox:

    1. Open the Firefox menu
    2. Click 'Options'
    3. Click 'Clear your recent history'
    4. Check the 'cache' box and click 'Clear now'


    Safari:

    1. Click 'Safari' and then 'Empty cache'
    2. Click 'Empty' when prompted

About GOV.UK Verify

  • What is GOV.UK Verify?
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    GOV.UK Verify is the new way to prove who you are online so you can access digital government services securely and safely and at your convenience and without having to use postal or face-to-face services. It helps fight the growing problem of online identity theft and stops someone pretending to be you.

  • Which services does GOV.UK Verify give me access to?
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    You can currently use GOV.UK Verify to complete your Self Assessment, view and share your Driving Licence, check your Company Car Tax and claim Redundancy Pay.  See the full list of services available using GOV.UK Verify.

  • Will there be other services available through GOV.UK Verify in the future?
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    You'll soon be able to check your State Pension, apply for a Provisional Driving License, and many more services on GOV.UK. We will confirm the availability of the services soon.

Logging in

  • I've forgotten my password, what do I do?
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    If you have forgotten your password you can simply go to the login page and select the forgotten password option. You then follow these steps to reset your password:

    1. Choose ‘password’ from the options under “I’ve forgotten my”
    2. Enter your email address and click submit
    3. You will receive an email from CitizenSafe which contains a link
    4. Clicking on this link opens up a web page asking you to reset your password
    5. Follow the onscreen instructions to reset your password
  • I've forgotten my username, what do I do?
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    If you have forgotten your username you can simply go to the login page and select the forgotten username option. You then follow these steps to reset your username:

    1. Choose ‘username’ from the options under “I’ve forgotten my”
    2. Enter your email address and click submit
    3. You will receive an email from CitizenSafe which shows you your username

Managing my personal information and account details

  • What do I need to do if my personal information changes?
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    If you want to update your details, or if you think you made a mistake when you first registered, you can log into your CitizenSafe Account Manager any time and change your personal information.

  • Can I cancel my account if I want?
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    We want to make sure you're always in control of your identity online. This means you can cancel your CitizenSafe account any time you wish. You may close Your CitizenSafe account at any time by following the account de-activation process under Your Profile. If you wish to use CitizenSafe services again in the future, you will need to create a new CitizenSafe Account by re-entering your personal information.

  • How do I change the mobile phone number used to receive my security codes?
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    To change the mobile phone number used to receive your security codes you need to complete the following steps:

    1. In ‘Account Manager’ log in using your username/password and SMS security code or Back-up security code (if you have lost your mobile phone) and go the ‘Login Options’ and then ‘Security Codes’ tab
    2. Press ‘Remove this method’
    3. Confirm the change by sending a code to your existing (old) mobile phone or if you have lost your phone press Additional Options and choose to confirm the change by entering one of your Back-up Security codes
    4. You will get a confirmation message that this security method has been removed
    5. You then need to go back into the ‘Security Codes’ tab in your ‘Account Manager’
    6. Enter your new mobile phone number
    7. Send a code to your new mobile phone number and confirm the security code in the box provided
    8. You then need to enter one of the back-up security codes that you will have saved when you first registered with CitizenSafe. You will then have successfully updated the mobile phone number that the security codes get sent to, to enable you to log in
    9. The phone number in your ‘My Profile’ section will still show your old phone number, so you will need to update it in your ‘My Profile’ too.

    If you have lost your back up security codes you will need to contact the CitizenSafe Support line on 0333 566 8000.

Privacy and security

  • Will you share my personal details with anyone?
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    No. We won't share your details with anyone other than the government department and service you have selected to use.
  • What should I do if someone else gets hold of my login details?
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    If you think someone has managed to get access to your CitizenSafe login details, login to your Account Manager and update your password.

  • What should I do if I think someone has stolen my identity?
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    If you think someone has stolen your identity you should investigate it further. You can:

    1. Report all lost or stolen documents, such as passports, driving licences, credit cards and chequebooks to the organisation that issued them.
    2. Monitor your bank and other accounts for unusual activity and inform your bank, building society and credit card company of any unusual transactions on your statement.
    3. Request a copy of your credit file to check for any suspicious credit applications. You can also place a fraud alert on your credit file.
    4. Report the theft of personal documents and suspicious credit applications to the police and ask for a crime reference number.
    5. Contact CIFAS (the UK’s Fraud Prevention Service) to apply for protective registration. Once you have registered you should be aware that CIFAS members will carry out extra checks to see when anyone, including you, applies for a financial service, such as a loan, using your address.
    6. Get in touch with CitizenSafe to close your account Or close your CitizenSafe account and open a new one with a different email address or login to your account and change your password.
  • How do I make a complaint?
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    CitizenSafe is committed to providing the highest levels of care to all our customers. If you are in any way dissatisfied with the CitizenSafe service, then please let us know. This will help us to continually improve the CitizenSafe service we provide to you and our other customers.

    What to do if you have a complaint:

    Please contact us using one of the following methods:

    Email: complaints@citizensafe.com
    Write to us: Compliance, CitizenSafe, The Foundation, Herons way, Chester Business Park, Chester, CH4 9GB.

    To help us investigate your complaint, please provide us with:

    • Your full name, address and preferred daytime phone number
    • Your email address
    • A description of the complaint and the facts that have given you cause to complain
    • The impact that this has had on you
    • Your preferred method of contact i.e. telephone, email or letter

    Our complaints procedure:
    • Complaints can be made by letter or email.
    • We take all complaints seriously and aim to address your concerns thoroughly, promptly, and politely.
    • We will try to resolve your complaint immediately, however, this may not always be possible. In such circumstances we will acknowledge receipt of your complaint, using your preferred method of communication within one working day and will respond in full as quickly as possible thereafter
    • We aim to resolve all customer complaints as quickly as possible or within 2 working weeks. However sometimes the length of time will depend on the issues involved. If it is not possible to reach a prompt conclusion, we will contact you with an explanation, and set out expected timescales by which matters should be resolved.
    • Our final response will tell you what we have found, what we will do and why we came to that conclusion.
    • Any correspondence will be treated in confidence. An exception will be made in the event that a third party is implicated by your complaint, and we need to discuss the details of your issue with them in order to reach a satisfactory conclusion.
    • If you are still dissatisfied with our response then you have the right to escalate your complaint, to Government Department Services using this link:
    https://www.signin.service.gov.uk/feedback

  • How will I Verify my Identity?
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    You will need to provide details from either:

    1. Your passport
    2. Driving licence
    3. and optionally your bank details; your bank details will not be stored by us, ever

    Providing details of more than one option will increase your chances of being able to prove your identity and pass the process. The details you provide will be checked to ensure they are valid and genuine.

  • What are Security codes used for and how do I get a new code?
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    CitizenSafe offers you the ability to choose from a number of different types of security codes to make your login more secure.

    Security codes will help to keep your account secure, even if someone discovers your password. You will require a security code to set up your CitizenSafe account and then again every time you want to access a government service.

    When you go to access a government service you will be required to login through your CitizenSafe account. To do this you will need your username, password, and a 4-digit security code.

    You can get this security code in three ways:

    1. By text message to your mobile
    2. By downloading one of the recommended apps to your mobile phone; the app then creates a code each time you need one
    3. By copying a set of security codes which you can keep in a safe place. Each of these codes can only be used once, but you can get new sets of codes through your account manager when you need them

    None of these codes cost you money to receive or use.

  • Why are you asking me questions during registration about my finances and credit history?
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    The Identity Check asks you questions about your financial history/credit record that only you will know the answers to. Being able to answer these questions means that your digital identity is more likely to be you and it also helps to prevent identity fraud. If someone was to try and register for a CitizenSafe identity by pretending to be you, they would be much less likely to be able to register because of these questions.

Get started today

If you register with us now, we'll be able to use the information you supply as part of your identity verification. Our service is secure and trusted, and we'll make your check as easy for you as possible.

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