GOV.UK Pay puts small files (known as ‘cookies’) on to your computer.

Cookies are used to:

  • remember you once you've signed in
  • remember the notifications you've seen so we don't show them again
  • measure how you use the website so it can be updated and improved based on your needs

You’ll normally see a message on the site before we store a cookie on your computer.

Find out how to manage cookies.

Session cookie

Name Purpose Expires
session Remembers if you’ve signed in recently 3 month
gateway_account Remembers the gateway account you last used, if you've signed in before 1 month
register_invite Remembers your registration progress if you’ve been invited 1 hour

Our introductory message

You may see a pop-up welcome message when you first visit GOV.UK Pay. We’ll store a cookie so that your computer knows you’ve seen it and knows not to show it again.

Name Purpose Expires
seen_cookie_message Saves a message to let us know that you have seen our cookie message 1 month

Universal analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_ga This helps us count how many people visit GOV.UK Pay by tracking if you’ve visited before 2 years