The objectives of the Passport Validation Service will be set out in the Identity and Passport Service Corporate and Business Plan, which will be published shortly.
The Passport Validation Service will need to perform to meet the Identity and Passport Service's key performance indicators. IPS's updated key performance indicators will be published in the spring. These will be made publicly available on our website www.ips.gov.uk.
At the end of January 2007, there were 18 organisations using the Passport Validation Service (PVS) and there are a number of interested potential users in discussions with the Identity and Passport Service at present.
PVS is used by private sector organisations regulated by the Financial Services Authority that have to comply with the ‘Know Your Customer’ statement of good practice requirements. Customers include a number of high street banks and mortgage providers that have gone through a thorough accreditation process and have entered into contractual agreements with the Identity and Passport Service.
Other Government Departments also use PVS as part of their identity management processes and are listed on the IPS website at www.ips.gov.uk.
Passports requested in a fictitious name for entertainment purposes such as television, theatre or film are issued by the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) on completion of checks to verify the purpose for which the document is required. The IPS require such passports to be returned and destroyed immediately after use.