What do I need before I can register?

Before you register with the Government Gateway, check the details below to make sure you have everything you need:


  • PC or Macintosh
  • An internet connection


  • Microsoft Windows (Windows 98 or later)
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer v5.5 or later
    • Firefox v1.5 or later
    • Opera v9 or later
  • Linux
    • Firefox v2.0 or later
  • Mac OS X v10.5 or later
    • Safari v3.0 or later

Your browser must have JavaScript and cookies enabled, and be capable of supporting 128 bit SSL.

Note for Macintosh users: Although you can access the Government Gateway website with these browsers, Chamber SimplySign, Chambersign, Equifax and BT Trust Services digital certificates are not supported on the Macintosh. Macintosh users can currently only register for government services that require a User ID and password, not services that require a digital certificate (such as the HMCE New Export System or DEFRA IACS Area Aid Application).

Registration information for each service

When you enrol to use an online government service, you need to enter information that identifies your organisation (for example, your VAT registration number). Before you start the registration process, make sure you have available any documents or correspondence that contains the information you need.

Digital certificate

To print this page, use the shortcut combination for print (eg. press 'CTRL' + 'P' for Windows with Internet Explorer).