Passport Verification: How does it work?

Multiple cases of fraudulent passports have been reported. But what does a passport verification reveal? Passport is considered to be one of the most authentic sources of individual information. Passport verification screens the personal details of the candidate on the passport. It does not verify fraudulent issuance of the passport but only tampering with the personal details and the MRZ code. The MRZ (machine-readable zone) of a Type 3 travel document spans two lines, and each line is 44 characters long. For a Type 1 travel document, MRZ spans three lines, and each line is 30 characters long. The MRZ contains name, passport number, nationality, date of birth, sex, and passport expiration date. There is room for optional, often country-dependent, supplementary information.

During Passport verification, the MRZ on the passport is checked and matched with the MRZ generated using the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) algorithm. Inconsistency in MRZ code indicates manipulation of personal information.

To be effective as a tracking tool, passport verification must be utilized at all places where the genuineness of candidate is under scanner.

Why conduct Passport Verification?

1.       To ensure that the individual is claiming the right identity

2.       To ensure that personal details on the Passport are not tampered

3.       To ensure the MRZ is not tampered

Although, an accurate match is only possible with biometric identifiers & smart chip technology yet MRZ serves as the first line of defence against identity fraud. A potential hire with bogus identity can also bring huge financial and reputational damages to the company.

What makes Passport Verification a “to do” component of Background Verification?

1.       Simple and effective validation of data

2.       Automated system with fast turnaround

3.       Improved results with easy review of  MRZ code

Proper and genuine issuance of Passport can only be verified through the Issuing Authority. Passport verification is merely identity verification based on the face value of details provided by the candidate.

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