Online Proof of Residency

Read the paper – Online Proof of Residency

Status: Complete.

Problem Statement: Many government programs require the applicant to be resident within the jurisdiction for a specified period of time. Residency is currently determined using a variety of documents (e.g. a utility bill, under the person’s name, for a qualifying address) which may or may not provide a strong indication of their presence. As these programs move online, the applicant must still prove residency but cannot do so with the confidence or convenience required.

Proposal: Develop a proof of concept to provide a residency check, on demand, with a reasonable level of assurance. The residency check must confirm physical activity within a geographic area for a specified period of time. The PoC may leverage new and existing technology and business processes and can rely on either the Requesting Party or the Authoritative Party to identify the individual.


  • Start with the client centric and privacy enhancing principles.
  • Supporting activities include:
    • A review of general considerations and key principles for residency
    • A review of the types of proof of residency framework
    • Identification of sources and characteristics that provide strong proof of residency
    • Enumeration of public and private sector residency use cases
    • Identification of potential relying parties and the business model for residency proofing
    • The selection of a model that could deliver an effective framework
    • Evaluation of how proof of residency fits within the DIACC Trust Framework activities
    • A proof of concept mock-up
    • A white paper discussion on the feasibility, opportunities, barriers and results

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