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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

IDVTs can play an important role in preventing the use of fraudulent documentation. Whilst they do not replace forgery experts, they provide higher levels of accuracy and assurance than the manual checking of documents by staff not used to checking different forms of identity documents.

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.

How do we test E-IDVT?

There are 3 elements of a document check:

  • checking whether a document is genuine – many false identity documents look real to untrained individuals who are required to check documents. IDVTs make it easier to authenticate them
  • Identity Document validation – even when a document is genuine, it is not possible to confirm whether or not it has been cancelled following theft or loss. Many IDVTs are able to make checks against other databases, such as Interpol’s lost and stolen passport data
  • linking the holder to the document – it is often hard to match document holders to the photograph on identity documents. Sometimes the document holder’s image will have altered, for example if their hair style and colour changes. Many IDTVs include facial matching technology to enable the person checking the document to link it to the holder.

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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