Overview of BioGovID

An overview of the BioGovID Only workflow.


BioGovID (short for "biometric-government ID verification") is one of five standardized, best practice workflows that ID DataWeb offers. BioGovID cross-references personally identifiable information (PII), a live selfie, and images of a government-issued document to verify a person's identity in real-time. Additionally, it screens each verification session for indicators of risk and nefarious behavior.

BioGovID is an available verification method for over 120 countries and compatible with thousands of document types.

BioGovID Only Process

  • 0 - Country Selection. The user is asked to select the country which they live in.
    • If they select US, UK or Canada - they will proceed to MobileMatch. For any other countries, they will proceed directly to BioGovID (step 2.)
    • Passive risk analysis is also performed at this step - if the user is deemed high risk (TOR browser, bot behavior, blacklisted IP address) - they will be immediately denied and prevented from proceeding.
  • 1 - BioGovID Document Selection. The user will be asked to select which document they'd like to use to verify their identity (passport, ID card, or driver's license.)
  • 2 - The user will complete the BioGovID process.
    • If they are on a desktop, the user will receive an SMS, where they will continue the government issued ID and selfie capture process.
    • If they are on a mobile device, they will immediately proceed with government issued ID and selfie capture.
    • Liveness confirmation is also performed on the selfie step. The user must take a natural selfie, and not an image of a screen or a picture of a picture.
    • Once complete, the user will submit the images for verification. If the document is valid, the selfie matches the document headshot, and the document full name matches the claimed full name, the user is approved.

Integration and Testing

  • If your workflow is set to use test data, please follow the instructions here to test this workflow.
  • Standalone testing - If this is a pilot, use the link sent to you in the Pilot kick off email. To signup for a pilot, click here.
  • If you've created a workflow yourself, you can use the "Copy Link" feature to get a test link.
  • If you are looking to do a OpenID connect integration with your application, add your workflow's client id, secret, and scopes to your OpenID connect client, OR follow the process outlined here. Note, you'll need to register your application's redirect URL on your workflow.
  • If you are looking to do an API integration, review the steps outlined here: BioGovID
  • If you are looking to hook a verification workflow into one of your existing IAM tools, we more than likely have an integration or package waiting for you! Reach out to your Solutions Architect or account rep for more details.