IDfy now allows you to perform VOI remotely from any location. When it’s not possible to meet in-person with your client, IDfy’s new remote option allows you to verify your client face-to-face via video. This is only currently available through the iOS version.
How it works
Compliance with the VOI Standard
Conveyancing rules require practitioners to take reasonable steps to verify the identity of their clients. Rule 6.5.2 of the Model Participation Rules states that in order to comply with the requirement to take reasonable steps, you can either:
(a) apply the Verification of Identity Standard; or
(b) verify the identity of a Person in some other way that constitutes the taking of reasonable steps
ARNECC Model Participation Rules - 5.5
Conveyancing rules require practitioners to take reasonable steps to verify the identity of their clients. What constitutes reasonable steps is dependent on the circumstances of each individual case. Further enquiries should be made where doubt arises, or should reasonably have arisen, in relation to a transaction and a person’s identity. In cases where verification is unable to be conducted face-to-face due to remoteness, IDfy’s ‘remote’ option allows you to complete the verification by electronic means and conduct further steps to satisfy yourself of the person’s identity. Conducting verification electronically is mentioned in the ARNECC Model Participation Rules Guidance Note 2 [page 5, 5.5 Further Steps].