MyGovId is a secure online identity verification service that the Department of Social Protection carries out on behalf of bodies providing public services online.
In order to use this service, you must first register with MyGovId. The registration requirements are: an email address as a username, a mobile phone number, and an alternate email address for use in account recovery (in case you forget your password and no longer have access to your mobile phone number).
Once you have registered in this way, you will have a basic MyGovId account. Services currently available from the Department of Social Protection with a Basic account are: Book an appointment for Personal Public Service Number allocation, Book an appointment for registration for a Public Services Card, and access the JobsIreland website.
The bodies providing public services online are termed “Relying Parties”. Each Relying Party sets the level of identity verification required for a particular service offered. Some services will be available at a basic MyGovId account level, but higher value services will require a verified account. Verified accounts are securely linked via data captured during SAFE registration, Accordingly you must be SAFE registered to have a verified account. Services currently offered by the Department of Social Protection to holders of verified accounts include Jobseekers Benefit claims and Paternity Benefit claims.
Where a Relying Party uses the MyGovId identity verification service, you will be passed from their website to the www.MyGovId.ie website.
If you have already registered, then you will enter your username (email address) and password. If not, then you will need to register at this point.
Relying Parties may require some or all of your Public Service Identity Dataset to be securely passed to them in order that you can carry out a transaction with them.
As part of the identity verification process, your username and mobile phone number will also be passed to the Relying Party. The e-mail and phone are provided by the user in order to create their digital identity. The email address and phone form part of the credentials used by the user when they log into MyGovId. The MyGovId registration process creates this digital identity using these data elements. The e-mail and mobile are key attributes of this digital identity. On authentication this digital identity is passed in a token to the relying party. The token contains many attributes. One of the attributes in that token is the e-mail (which is the user principal name for that user).
You will be asked to consent to this before logging in. If you do not consent to this, then you will be unable to verify your identity for the Relying Party in this way.