#VerifyLocal Residents’ Parking Permits Pilot


This is a collaborative project between 7 local authorities and GDS that aims to digitally transform residential parking permit services at these councils in a common way using GOV.UK Verify.

The pilot aims to tackle the issues that users face when making a first time application for a residents’ parking permit. GDS will work with all pilot local authorities to design a common end-to-end digital service around secure online identity assurance, and the GDS service design principles.

For residents in those areas it means they’ll have 24/7 access to a government service without having to physically bring, scan or post any documents in person to prove who they are.

GDS and the participating local authorities are committed to ‘working out loud’, using this page to publish the outcomes from the project, any blogs, videos and workshop materials. If you’d like to stay up-to-date, you can follow #VerifyLocal on Twitter or take a look at the Verify blog. For general information on GDS work to extend Verify to local authorities, visit the main programme page here.

Since the launch of GOV.UK Verify in May 2016, the Government Digital Service (GDS) has been investigating how GOV.UK Verify might be usefully extended to local authority services. We sent out a broad call for proposed uses of GOV.UK Verify to all local authorities through the Local Digital Coalition and residents’ parking permits featured as a common priority for transformation.

This led us to run two discovery events with representatives from 15 local authorities in July 2016. We found that most local authorities run the service end-to-end in-house, using a range of different software that does not join up automatically. The processes often require manual intervention from staff, for example rekeying data. We also gathered demographic data on the current users of the service to ensure that they are likely to be able to verify their identity using the GOV.UK Verify service, and to understand how many of them are likely to be able to use online services.

Based on this investigation, all parties agreed that residents’ parking permits should be a priority service for transformation using GOV.UK Verify. This pilot project is the next stage of developing working examples of GOV.UK Verify in local authorities.


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