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Onfido Teams Up with Checkr to Boost ID Verification and Background Checks

Courtesy of a partnership with ID document verification specialist Onfido, Checkr has launched a new solution that will enable businesses to add identity verification to their trust and safety programs. The new solution, Checkr Connect IDV, leverages Onfido’s technology to verify the user’s ID and conduct a biometric check comparing the image on the ID to a selfie taken by the user.

Combined with Checkr’s AI-powered background check technology, the new offering gives businesses a unified identity verification and background check solution. Available in the fall, Connect IDV will help businesses avoid some of the hurdles – from complex integrations to a dependance on multiple manual processes – that have discouraged businesses from using identity verification solutions more completely.

“Identity verification and background checks are becoming increasingly important in our digital society and (are) an essential step for every company that wants to grow its customer base or workforce,” CEO and co-founder of Onfido Husayn Kassai explained. “By embedding our identity verification technology within Checkr’s platform we can now offer customers what they have been asking for: a strong, seamless solution for their end-users.” Kassai called this a “shared priority” between the two companies.

“Every business today faces increased risk from identity fraud, and traditional anti-fraud methods are falling behind the capabilities of sophisticated bad actors,” VP of Product at Checkr Lydia Varmazis said. “We designed Checkr Connect IDV to make it simple for our customers to add identity verification into their hiring workflows, allowing them to elevate their trust and safety programs.”

San Francisco, California-based Checkr was founded in 2014 by Daniel Yanisse (CEO) and Jonathan Perichon (CTO). The company offers solutions for continuous background checking, quality screening, and well as security resources, and includes Uber, Instacart, and GrubHub among its 10,000+ customers. Checkr has raised $149 million in funding. T. Rowe Price, Y Combinator, and Accel are among the firm’s investors.

Founded in 2012 and based in London, U.K., Onfido demonstrated its Facial Check with Video technology at FinovateEurope 2018. More recently, the company announced a partnership with mobility-as-a-service firm Drover, and earned a spot in the inaugural cohort of cross-border regulatory sandbox, Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN).

Onfido picked up a major investment this spring, adding $50 million in new capital and taking the company’s total funding to more than $100 million. Onfido added C-level talent this year, as well, hiring Kevin Goldsmith as Chief Technology Officer and Thomas Ammirati as Chief Revenue Officer.