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.
More information on this topic can be found in Part III of By-Law 7.1. or by visiting the LSO’s website.