Current features

GOV.UK Sign In is the new way for central government services to sign in their users.

It will ultimately allow users to access any government service using the same email address and password.

These features of GOV.UK Sign In are now available for services that join private beta. See how to get started.

Account creation and sign in

Users can create an account and sign in to your service with their email address and password.

This means you know it’s always the same person accessing the service.

You can let users create their account or sign in at:

  • the start of your service, if you need them all to have accounts
  • the point where they want to save their progress and come back later, if you want to add this option to a complex journey

Two-factor authentication

You can request that your users use two-factor authentication when they sign in to your service. GOV.UK Sign In sends text messages that contain security codes to UK phone numbers.

Users can manage their data in their GOV.UK account

Users will know the account as their ‘GOV.UK account’. Once they’ve created it, they can navigate to an ‘account home’ section where they can change their:

  • email address
  • password
  • phone number

Password reset

Users can reset their password via an email link if they forget it.

Documentation

You can follow our documentation to:

  • understand the OpenID Connect (OIDC) authentication protocol we’re using
  • see how user data is shared
  • integrate GOV.UK Sign In with your service in a test environment

Support for your users

Support for your users is available during office hours via a support form. We aim to reply within 2 working days.

Support for your service

Support for your service is available during office hours via a support form and Slack channel. We aim to reply within 2 working days.

If you go live with GOV.UK Sign In, our technical team is available 24/7 for urgent incidents.

Future features

See our roadmap for features that we’re working on now, and in future.