This week the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) announced that verifying identities of individuals by only viewing their government-issued photo identification will no longer be allowed. As of January 1, 2023 – licensees who wish to verify the identity of a person via video conference technology or other virtual means will be required to authenticate the government-issued photo ID document.
During the COVID-19 pandemic – the LSO allowed the virtual verification of identity without authentication on a temporary basis. The new requirement now layers in an additional step of authentication that will allow licensees to determine whether the government-issued photo ID document is authentic. You may also verify an individual’s identity using an agent or third party vendor.