A passport is a travel document issued by the government of a state to its citizens. Today, it is one of the most requested documents to prove one’s identity. In addition, it is an identity document that allows its holder to travel abroad. And above all, it allows you to travel to countries all over the world (whereas the identity card allows you to travel to some countries of 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. And sometimes they even have to ask for authorizations. It is generally required to cross a border and may be combined with a visa. The ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standardises passports with its Document 9303. It defines shared general characteristics for passports to facilitate border controls. 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. It responds to many issues: identity document fraud, identity theft, population movements, terrorism, etc. Automated passport check is becoming a real issue for companies.
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. It has a page with personal data containing the holder’s photo. The passport also includes many security features. First of all, it includes a machine-readable zone (MRZ) of two lines of 44 characters. Then, the paper used meets 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. In order to strengthen an individual’s identity control, the biometric passport stores a digital image of owner’s fingerprints. This development strengthens identity control and also helps in the fight against identity fraud.
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Despite these security criteria, criminals continue to forge passports and other identity documents. And thus identity fraud persists. It is sometimes impossible to detect a falsified passport with the naked eye. That is why a passport check service that verifies automatically the authenticity of ID documents is necessary. This allows to meet different requirements :
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.