Apple and Google Pay users in the United Kingdom can now pay their government for four services using their preferred mobile payments service. The government has started accepting the services as a payment option for four services at this point in time. It may expand the support to additional services down the road as well.
This is part of a trial service on part of the government which will allow citizens of the United Kingdom to pay fees for four services through Apple and Google Pay. This includes the Global Entry Service, used for expedited entry into the United States, the basic online disclosure and barring service, the Electronic Visa Waiver Service, and the Registered Traveller Service.
The country’s Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden said that this is part of the administration’s efforts to “making access to government services as early as possible.” He added that mobile transactions will be more secure. More government services will eventually pick up support for these payment services as well, most likely in the coming months.
He added that the ministry is going to “roll mobile payments across further central government services, and later this year make it available for local government, police and NHS organisations.”