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Electronic Identity Document Validation Technologies

Electronic Identity document validation technologies (eIDVT) are forms of technology that can quickly and easily assist you to establish the authenticity of documents presented for identity verification purposes.

These include:

  • Passports

  • biometric residence permits

  • driving licences

  • identity cards

These forms of ID are commonly used to prove identity, but can be susceptible to forgery, so it’s important that the processes used to test their efficacy is up to the mark and recognised by the relevant authority. That’s where we come in. Age Check Certification Scheme has the only approved standards in the UK for performing e-IDVT testing.

Why is verification important?

  • Helps reduce fraud

Verification of e-IDVT documents is becoming increasingly important to businesses across a multitude of sectors, particularly given the prevalence of online crime and fraud.

  • Assures compliance

Proof-of-Age ID Card Providers that utilise e-enabled application processes are required to use vetted and certified e-IDVT providers under the requirements of the Proof-of-Age Standards Scheme. So, getting your e-IDVT tested by us ensures compliance.

How do we test E-IDVT?

We have the only approved standards in the UK for performing e-IDVT testing. We test these technologies to ensure they really work, in turn helping our clients demonstrate proof of independent third-party validation and certification of their systems.

This process could involve methods such as matching a photo on a document with an image submitted online in real-time by the user, reading the NFC chip or MRZ data embedded in a government verified document, or authenticating the document by referencing against relevant data sources.

We can also test the efficacy of different capture devices used in detection, such as scanners, iOS and android devices and webcams.

The process

Our e-IDVT audit process evaluates: 

  • the capture devices and their parameters; 
  • the software, template library and jurisdictional limitations; 
  • the liveness detection, biometrics, NFC and MRZ functions where applicable; 
  • the application interface and interoperability of the system with the Accredited Provider (if any); 
  • the minimum authentication requirements.  

All IDVTs will check whether a document is genuine, but many systems also include checks against relevant data sources and incorporate facial matching technology to link the document to the holder.

We can use Presentation Attack Detection to test E-IDVT.

What jurisdictions are E-IDVT applicable to?


What standards, laws or regulations apply to E-IDVT?

The United Kingdom Home Office have produced guidance on use of E-IDVT

How do I get our E-IDVT tested?

The first stage of gaining certification for your system is for us to undertake an Application Review in accordance with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065:2012. There is no fee for the completion of an application review.

During the application review:

  • Define the scope of certification;
  • Confirm the means available to perform all evaluation activities;
  • Confirm our competence and ability to perform the certification activity;
  • Confirm a plan for audit and evaluation;
  • Provide an Estimated Fee for our Certification Services

Useful information about electronic identity document validation technologies


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