Onfido, explained. Verifying real identity in a remote world

How do you verify real people in the digital world? Onfido helps companies see real identity – the humans behind the screens – using world-leading AI and identity experts.

How do you verify real people in the digital world? Onfido helps companies see real identity – the humans behind the screens, using world-leading AI and identity experts.

What can Onfido do?

Customers can prove their identities, wherever they are, with just an ID and their face. So you’ll have everything you need to grow a business securely.

Its AI-based technology assesses whether a user’s government-issued ID is genuine or fraudulent, and then compares it against their facial biometrics. That’s how they give companies like Revolut, Zipcar and Bitstamp the assurance they need to onboard customers remotely and securely. Onfido’s mission is to create a more open world, where identity is the key to access.

Onfido’s end-to-end IDV service helps keep fraudsters off its customers’ platforms. It does this by verifying new users at the point of sign-up with a selfie and a photo of their identity document (ID). Onfido’s technology then checks their ID is genuine, compares facial similarity and cross-references the ID against international watchlists. Using artificial intelligence, Onfido’s technology enables companies to automate checks on over 4,500 document types across 250 countries (in 2022), detecting anomalies automatically in as little as 15 seconds, and using human experts to verify outliers.

Who are the inventors?

Founded in Oxford in 2012 by Husayn Kassai, Eamon Jubbawy, and Ruhul Amin, Onfido helps over 1,500 companies verify their users.

The company is a force of over 250 across the world in 2022, with offices in London, San Francisco, New York, Lisbon, Paris, New Delhi, and Singapore.

How much is it worth?

Recognized as a global leader in artificial intelligence for identity verification, Onfido is backed by SBI Investment, Salesforce Ventures and M12 (formerly Microsoft Ventures) and has raised over $100m in investment in 2021.


  • Seamlessly verify government-issued IDs and facial biometrics
  • Support for 4500+ document types from 250 countries (in 2022)
  • Compare IDs to facial biometrics through a selfie or asynchronous video
  • Onfido's Hybrid approach combines proprietary machine-learning with expert review agents
  • Integrate with the Onfido SDK (Software Development Kit) on iOS, Android, and Web
  • Guide citizens with real-time feedback, including glare and blur detection
  • Comprehensive insights and performance metrics are available through the Onfido dashboard
  • Integration also available via publicly documented API (Application Programming Interface)


  • Build in-person confidence with fully digital verification flow
  • Gain assurance that citizens are who they say they are
  • Fight fraud, create revenue opportunities with identity verification that converts
  • Support your business globally
  • Address identity requirements for KYC (Know Your Customer) and AML (Anti-Money Laundering) compliance with confidence
  • Get identity-ready in no time with Onfido's SDK and API