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Step-by-step instructions to create a HMRC Government Gateway account

Duncan & Toplis | 13 September 2022

If you do not have a Government Gateway account, here are some steps you can take and the information that you will require.

What is a Government Gateway account?

HMRC’s ‘Government Gateway’ is an IT system where individuals can register for online services provided by the UK Government, such as registering for HMRC self-assessment, paying tax self-assessment, obtaining a driving licence, etc. When filing a tax return you will also need your Unique Taxpayer Reference number (UTR).

How do I apply for a Government Gateway account?

If you are applying for the Self Employed Income Support Scheme and you do not have a Government Gateway account, from the page that confirms your eligibility under the scheme, you will be prompted to create it. Alternatively, you can create an account here

What information do I need to have to set up a Government Gateway account?

You will need an email address, your National Insurance number, date of birth, and a form of identification.

You will then need to follow the steps listed below:

  • Enter your personal e-mail address – you will then be sent a 12-digit authorisation code by HMRC to that particular e-mail address
  • Enter the authorisation code
  • Enter your full name
  • Set up a password at the prompt
  • Set up a recovery word at the prompt
  • HMRC will then issue a Gateway ID number – you will need to make a note of this
  • You will then be invited to add a second layer of security. If you select the ‘SMS’ option, you will be sent an access code to your mobile phone at each login
  • Upon entering the access code, you will need to confirm your full name, NI number, and date of birth
  • You will then be asked to provide third-party security information from one of the following three options; photo driving licence, passport, or multiple choice (including information from credit card providers)

Tip: If you select a photo driving licence or passport, you will need to have the document to hand as you will be asked for details such as passport number, full name as it appears on your passport (including middle names), and expiry date.

Registration will then be complete, and you will have your Government Gateway Account set up and ready to use.

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