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NASPO to Develop Standard for the Verification of Personal Identity


The North American Security Products Organization (NASPO) has notified the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) of its intent to develop an American National Standard (ANS) on identity verification. The formal announcement was published today in ANSI's Standards Action.

The need for this standard was a result of an ANSI Identity Theft Prevention and Identity Management Standards Panel (IDSP) workshop on identity verification. That workshop concluded that issuers of primary USA "identity" documents (e.g., birth certificates, driver's licenses, and Social Security cards) need a common systematic process by which they can achieve a level of assurance supporting the acceptance or rejection of a person's claim of identity. [see related news item]

The proposed standard will define due process and methods for the verification of personal identity related to the issuance of primary USA identity documents and assurance levels required for enrollment in major identity management systems. Stakeholders include issuers of such identity documents, relying parties, and citizens of the United States and its Territories.

Directly and materially affected interests wishing to receive more information, or to submit comments, are requested to contact Graham Whitehead of NASPO ([email protected]) directly within 30 days.

Copies of the ANSI/IDSP workshop report on identity verification are available at Copies of the NASPO ID-V Project Summary that will be used as an initial reference for the development of this American National Standard are available for downloading at:

For more information, contact Jim McCabe, ANSI senior director of consumer relations and IDSP ([email protected]; 212-642-8921).


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