Learn about different types of non-document verification methods and their benefits
Even with flawless UX and fast internet, document verification can be a time-consuming process resulting in customer drop-offs. But what if we told you that businesses can now onboard users in 45+ countries in milliseconds, with no need to upload or scan IDs?
Let’s compare documentary vs non-documentary verification, dive deeper into what document-free verification is, and explore its many benefits.
Document verification is the process of confirming the authenticity and accuracy of documents, such as passports, IDs, driving licenses, or financial records. Usually, the process involves reviewing, cross-referencing and comparing information on the physical documents themselves, or on scanned copies of them. This verification process is commonly used in various fields, including financial institutions, insurance, real estate services, etc.
More advanced document verification includes several security feature checks, such optical character recognition (OCR), pattern recognition, and MRZ decryption.
Challenges with the traditional document verification method:
For these reasons, the world is moving towards document-free verification.
Document-free verification confirms identity quickly without relying on physical documents.
Methods of non-documentary identity verification include:
Global Database Verification is one of the best doc-free verification products for businesses seeking a reliable, efficient, and cost-effective solution for customer onboarding.
Global Database Verification includes only three simple steps:
An additional biometric check could also be carried out for further authentication.
The products and solutions within Global Database Verification also include:
Altogether, this allows you to get the following benefits:
Document-free verification: The benefits
Primary non-document verification confirms an individual’s identity without relying on traditional paper documents. This may involve the use of strong authentication measures, such as biometrics (fingerprint scans, facial recognition, etc.) or multi-factor authentication (combining something the user knows, like a password, with something the user has, like a smartphone for receiving a code). This process establishes the baseline identity of an individual before additional layers of verification may be applied, and is typically used by non-regulated entities.
Secondary non-document verification adds additional layers to the primary verification process, including further checks against databases, behavioral analytics, and more.
Document-free methods of identity verification can be Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliant, but it depends on the region. Businesses must therefore ensure that their document-free verification methods comply with AML regulations in the jurisdictions where they operate and be aware of regulatory changes.
Users can guarantee 100% compliance when they combine GDV, Non-Doc Verification, and Know Your Customer, or additional verification methods (keeping in mind that it will also depend on the country, industry and specific cases).
So let’s check out the jurisdictions where Sumsub can help:
Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), the main Anti-Money Laundering (AML) legislation in the US, describes which information needs to be collected about customers in “Customer Identification Program: minimum requirements” (CIP).
The BSA also states that both documentary and non-documentary verification methods (as well as their combinations) are acceptable so long as
(i) the chosen procedures ‘’enable to form a reasonable belief that it knows the true identity of each customer”; and,
(ii) in case a non-documentary solution is elected, the firm applies additional procedures to address the risks where “the customer opens the account without appearing in person”.
Check this article to learn about detailed requirements of CIP.
US AML regulations could be compatible with non-documentary customer identification methods, however the AML-obligated entities performing it must be assured it knows the true identity of its customer. To ensure this, they can use additional KYC mechanisms, such as biometric checks.
In the UK, document-free verification methods are approved by regulations and can be utilized by businesses.
Sumsub offers Non-Doc Verification in the country, which can be used for multiple use cases, including ID, address, phone number, and age verification.
Sumsub’s Non-Doc Verification can be conducted in three stages:
Here are the benefits of Non-Doc Verification in the UK:
Non-Doc Verification is currently available for onboarding users in Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, Indonesia, India, Nigeria and the Netherlands. Over 2 billion people have already been successfully onboarded with Sumsub through the Non-Doc method.
In addition, Sumsub GDV product allows you to potentially verify around 5.5 billion people worldwide—all done quickly and securely without uploading multiple documents.
Non-document verification methods may include public databases or other 3rd party electronic ID verification services.
Sumsub’s Global Database Verification method (including Identity, Address and Age Verification) and Non-Doc Verification (checking ID numbers through certified ID providers, like banks in the UK) are the best examples of document-free verification methods.
The non-doc method of customer verification may be used in different industries, including fintech, crypto, e-commerce, iGaming, transportation, and insurance businesses. There are multiple use cases, including identity, age, and address verification.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is for general informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice.