What Is RealMe®?
There are two services – RealMe login and RealMe verified.
Created to build trust and confidence in digital identity across government and business in New Zealand, the RealMe login service allows users to access multiple services online using one username and password.
Some of the services individuals can use RealMe login to access include:
- Renewing their passport
- Logging into their Inland Revenue account
- Accessing the police vetting system.
RealMe verified is a fully verified form of digital identity, meaning identities are checked against verified documents held by the NZ Department of Internal Affairs, the entity that owns and manages passports, births, deaths, and marriages documentation.
Some of the RealMe verified services include:
- Enrolling to vote
- Applying for bank accounts
- Applying for a student loan
For businesses and government entities, RealMe also streamlines and simplifies the identification process.
“RealMe verified gives government ministries and the commercial sector the ability to verify the identity of someone before they do business with them,” explains CVCheck NZ’s Managing Director, James Sutherland. “They do this through a primary source government department that everyone can trust. RealMe is the only primacy source and trusted ID in NZ.
“Having a RealMe identity isn’t compulsory, but essentially the government is saying, ‘To deal with us, you need to be RealMe verified’. Moving forward we can expect a lot of private organisations to go the same way (adopt RealMe), particularly in terms of reducing recruitment risk.”
To date, 133 services across 38 organisations use RealMe as their login, and 22 services across 17 organisations are now using the verified information provided by the RealMe service.
Why Was RealMe® Created?
RealMe was created to solve several pain-points and risks for both individual users and the entities they interact with, making it easier for people and organisations to get things done online securely
- Verified once:
- Get it done on the spot:
“Organisations need to know that the person they’re interacting with is who they say they are. Identity credentials come first – once that’s established, then other checks such as criminal, police, working with children, qualifications come next,” says Sutherland.
- Better recruitment experience:
How does RealMe® VERIFIED work?
How are RealMe® identities protected?
How do individuals get a RealMe® verified identity?
Why should businesses use RealMe®?
Using RealMe can also save money. “One of the reasons RealMe was created was because the government was going out to several different service providers to obtain identity verification,” explains Keene. “This was slow and quite expensive. We’ve developed a consistent, compliant and robust process that’s standardised the experience and reduced the cost of verification.”
How do CVCheck and RealMe® work together?