The differences between ‘Existing USI Search’/’Locate USI’ and ‘Find USI’ are:
To use the ‘Existing USI Search’/’Locate USI’ the training organisation will need to have ALL the student’s personal and contact details, entered exactly as they appear in the USI Registry System. You also need the student’s consent, but the student does not need to have given you permission within their USI account. You can also use the 'Existing USI Search' function (or the ‘Locate USI’ via your own Student Management System) for USIs that have not been activated, that is, for which the student has not yet set a password and check questions.
The ‘Find USI’ function will only work if the student has actively given permission by changing their settings within their own account. You can only use the ‘Find function’ for USIs that have been activated by the student. Please be aware that using the 'Existing USI Search' and 'Locate USI' functions will generate a text message or email to the USI Account Holder notifying them that someone is trying to search for their USI.