Why do I need to upload a scan or photo of my passport or driver's license?
In certain countries, Stripe is required to collect, verify, and maintain information on the individuals associated with a Stripe account. These requirements come from our regulators and financial partners and are intended to promote transparency and prevent individuals from using complex company structures to hide terrorist financing, money laundering, tax evasion, and other financial crimes.
One of the primary reasons we can get users up and running so quickly is our rather unique registration process. When signing up for a Stripe account, we use the information you enter to programmatically verify your business and the individuals associated with it. To complete the verification process, we may need to reach out for a copy of a government-issued photo ID. If you are uploading a driver’s license or identity card, we may request an image of both the front and back of your ID. In order to make this as easy and secure as possible, we will direct you straight to your Stripe dashboard, which will have a notification in the upper right of the screen. The whole process can be performed within the dashboard and you can even use your webcam.