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pbVerify ID Verification

pbVerify’s ID Verification tool is used by corporations to authenticate the identity information of South African citizens, as well as to determine whether or not they are credit active.

The validation of identity data is a course of action taken by many organisations as part of their basic credit risk management processes and policies, to the end of promoting good corporate governance.

ID verification is also used for KYC (Know Your Customer) strategies, by companies that want to ensure compliance and legitimacy of identity information.

pbVerify’s ID verification search confirms the validity of South African ID numbers, and confirms related names, as they appear on the Department of Home Affairs, (DHA) ID verification database. This is done by means of a reverse lookup process, using only an ID number.

pbVerify’s ID verification product forms part of our standard product suite and can be uploaded in batch spreadsheet or single entries, which are available after registration to any business.


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pbVerify's ID verification offers two options: pbVerify Offline, and pbVerify Realtime.

To learn more about what each of these methods entails, take a look at the PROS and CONS for each one, below:

pbVerify Offline

  • Cheaper: An offline search will cost you R5.30, compared to R8.30 for an online search.
  • Faster: An offline search is faster, as it does not involve connecting to the DHA database.
  • Reliability: An offline search can be conducted even in the event of DHA being offline.
  • Recentness: Name and deceased data is not as up to date as live (Realtime) search data (4 to 6 weeks delay).

pbVerify Realtime

  • Live data: All data is live and up to date.
  • Deceased status: Deceased data is real-time.
  • Name info: Name data is 100% accurate.
  • Reliability: A Realtime search cannot be conducted if DHA is offline.

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