Document control solutions

Online passport check

Check users’ passports remotely.

A passport is a travel document issued by a government to its citizens. Today, as well as acting as an identity document that allows its holder to travel abroad, it is one of the most requested documents to prove one’s identity. Above all, it allows you to travel to countries all over the world (whereas an identity card may only allow you to travel to some countries in the European Union, for example). When a passport is created, it is valid for 10 years for adults and 5 years for minors. 

Individuals seeking entry to a country other than their own as tourists, students or workers, must follow certain procedures. For example, crossing a border may require the entrant to have a visa. The ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) has established a passport standard, and defined shared general characteristics for passports to facilitate a consistent border control. Most passports issued throughout the world respect this standard. Our passport verification service also meets these standards.

Securing passports is a concern for all countries around the world. Adhering to a passport standard can help to identity document fraud, identity theft, population movement, and terrorism, etc.

Check the authenticity of a passport.

A passport contains information that identifies a person, such as first and last names, sex, date and place of birth, an identifying photograph, the holder’s signature and often physical characteristics. A passport generally comes in booklet format, with a page featuring personal data and the holder’s photo. The passport also includes many security features, such as a machine-readable zone (MRZ) of two lines of 44 characters. The paper used also meets certain security standards and reacts to some lights (ultraviolet and infrared).  

Some states, especially in the European Union, are phasing in the requirement to include biometric data into chips. A biometric passport stores a digital image of an owner’s fingerprint, which strengthens the security of an individual’s identity and also helps in the fight against identity fraud.

How to verify a passport online.

IDnow’s automated solutions can check the authenticity of passports in real time to offer protection against document fraud. Users simply need to take a photograph of their passport and upload it allowing the passport check service to extract the data in order to verify the person’s identity by comparing the information on the passport to the person who submitted the verification request.

A passport check service meeting different needs.

Despite various security measures, criminals continue to find new ways to forge passports and other identity documents. As it is sometimes impossible to detect a falsified passport with the naked eye, a passport check service that automatically verifies the authenticity of ID documents is necessary to prevent identity fraud. A passport check service allows companies to meet the following requirements :

But who can check someone’s identity online? Well, thanks to our online passport check, you can be sure that the ID is genuine. In addition, our solution covers a growing number of types of identity documents (ID card, driver license, residence permit etc) in more than 208 countries and organizations. To go further in identity control, we offer facial recognition and liveness detection services. This guarantees that the identity document is authentic, but also that the bearer is who he or she claims to be.


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