Run a Company document verification check

This developer guide takes you through the steps to run a Company document verification check in the PassFort API 4.0 to confirm whether a company's document is valid.

This check can be run on theses tasks:

  1. Verify bank account (COMPANY_VERIFY_BANK_ACCOUNT)
  2. Verify company details (COMPANY_VERIFY_IDENTITY)
  3. Verify tax status (COMPANY_VERIFY_TAX_STATUS)

1. Select a profile for the check

Company document verification checks are always run on profiles with the COMPANY entity type.

Choose a company profile to run the check on, and get the profile's ID number (e.g. a2c4393a-e219-67a4-5ab4-2186952e9038). You'll need it to make the request in the next step.

If you haven't created the profile yet, follow these steps to create a company profile via the API.
You can also create a profile via the portal. To get the profile ID, view the profile in the portal and copy the string of letters and numbers after /onboarding/ in the URL.

2. Confirm the profile has the required fields

To see all data on the profile, make a request to the following endpoint.

Request endpoint:

GET https://api.passfort.com/4.0/profiles/{profile_id}

In this example, data is returned for a company profile named "Aerial Traders". The profile has the Verify bank account, Verify company details, and Verify tax status tasks.

Sample response:

{
"applications": [ ... ],
"category": "APPLICANT",
"checks": [ ... ],
"collected_data": {
"entity_type": "COMPANY",
"metadata": {
"addresses": [
{
"address": {
"type": "STRUCTURED",
"country": "GBR",
"locality": "London",
"original_freeform_address": "38, Crown Street, London, W1 2ZT",
"original_structured_address": { ... },
"postal_code": "W1 2ZT",
"route": "Crown Street",
"street_number": "38"
}
}
],
"country_of_incorporation": "GBR",
"name": "AERIAL TRADERS",
"number": "012345678",
"tax_ids": [
{
"tax_id_type": "EUROVAT",
"value": "GB462793578"
}
]
}
},
"collection_steps": [ ],
"creation_date": "2019-10-03 13:48:16",
"display_name": "AERIAL TRADERS",
"document_images": [ ],
"events": [ ],
"has_associates": false,
"has_collection_steps": false,
"id": "a2c4393a-e219-67a4-5ab4-2186952e9038",
"linked_to": [ ],
"role": "COMPANY_CUSTOMER",
"root_id": "6bba3592-d9de-1ee5-8e97-ba8d8d13c558",
"status": "NORMAL",
"tags": [ ],
"task_progress": { ... },
"task_types": [
"COMPANY_VERIFY_IDENTITY",
"COMPANY_VERIFY_TAX_STATUS",
"COMPANY_VERIFY_BANK_ACCOUNT"
],
"tasks": [
{
"check_ids": [ ],
"creation_date": "2019-10-03 13:48:16",
"form_instance_ids": [ ],
"id": "3d7a333c-418d-72a1-007b-06854dbb28eb",
"is_complete": false,
"is_expired": false,
"is_skipped": false,
"state": "INCOMPLETE",
"type": "COMPANY_VERIFY_IDENTITY",
"variant": {
"alias": "verify_identity",
"id": "dc72ea7-6e45-cc3b-dc52-30a94b9ec8c2",
"task_type": "COMPANY_VERIFY_IDENTITY"
}
},
{
"check_ids": [ ],
"creation_date": "2019-10-03 13:48:16",
"form_instance_ids": [ ],
"id": "72aadb55-8b02-8495-d6b0-e1627ec23612",
"is_complete": false,
"is_expired": false,
"is_skipped": false,
"state": "INCOMPLETE",
"type": "COMPANY_VERIFY_TAX_STATUS",
"variant": {
"alias": "verify_tax_status",
"id": "5562c4e4-4d12-b16a-a151-7c9eed6816e9",
"task_type": "COMPANY_VERIFY_TAX_STATUS"
}
},
{
"check_ids": [ ],
"creation_date": "2019-10-03 13:48:16",
"form_instance_ids": [ ],
"id": "a2380e94-47ee-3337-fe2d-9fad0692106f",
"is_complete": false,
"is_expired": false,
"is_skipped": false,
"state": "INCOMPLETE",
"type": "COMPANY_VERIFY_BANK_ACCOUNT",
"variant": {
"alias": "verify_bank_account",
"id": "e5afcd76-5cfd-51d2-97d1-2d812e1df411",
"task_type": "COMPANY_VERIFY_BANK_ACCOUNT"
}
}
],
"unresolved_event_types": [ ]
}

Use the response to:

  1. Confirm the profile has the type of task you want to run the check on. To run this check on the Verify bank account task, the profile must have a task with the COMPANY_VERIFY_BANK_ACCOUNT type. To run this check on the Verify company details task, the profile must have a task with the COMPANY_VERIFY_IDENTITY type. To run this check on the Verify tax status task, the profile must have a task with the COMPANY_VERIFY_TAX_STATUS type.
  2. Take note of the corresponding task ID (tasks.id). Use the corresponding task alias (tasks.variant.alias) to confirm that you're looking at the right task. Note that the task variant ID (tasks.variant.id) won't be used to run this check, so you don't need to take note of it.
  3. Confirm the profile has data for these required keys, which are stored in the collected_data object:
    1. metadata.name: The legal name of the company.
    2. metadata.country_of_incorporation: The country in which the company is incorporated.
    3. metadata.addresses: An array of objects where each object corresponds to one of the company's addresses.
    4. metadata.tax_ids: An array of objects where each object corresponds to one of the company's tax IDs. Note that this is only required if you're using the check to verify the company's tax status.

If the required fields do not exist on the profile or do not contain valid data, the check will return an error when you try to run it in step 4.

To learn how to add/update the fields in the profile's collected_data, see Update PassFort's profile data.

The document_id is also a required field. We'll create it in the next step.
To learn which optional profile fields can be used for this check, see the article for idvcheck.

3. Create the document object

In PassFort, every document is a collection of one or more images.

For example, if a document has two sides, one image is of the front of the document and one image of the back.

Documents for the Company document check only have a front.

To add a document to a profile, you need to:

  1. Add the document images to the profile's document_images.
  2. In the profile's documents array of objects, create a new object to represent the document. Add the images from document_images to the object when you create it.
When you add an image to a profile's document_images, there's no way to see it via the portal until you create the document object later.

Add the document images to the profile

To add images to the profile's document_images, make the following request once per image.

Images must be encoded in Base64.

Each time you make the request, take note of the image ID returned in the response. You'll need it to create the document object in the next step.

The image size limit is 10MB. The following file types are accepted: GIF, JPG, PNG, PDF.
You can find free tools online to encode your images in Base64.

Request endpoint:

POST https://api.passfort.com/4.0/profiles/{profile_id}/document_images

Body parameters:

When you make the request, include the following parameters in the body.

Key

Value

Description

data

Required

String

See the sample request body below for a sample value.

The image, encoded in Base64.

Optionally, the Base64-encoded image can be a URI string.

image_type

Optional

String

FRONT

If you do not send a value for this key, the value is set to FRONT automatically.

Whether the image represents the front of the document, the back of the document, or an image of a face.

For Company document verification checks, you should choose FRONT.

In this example, an image of a file icon is added to the profile's document_images as the FRONT of the document. The image ID is returned in the response.

Sample request body:

{
"data": "iVBORw0KGgoAAAANSUhEUgAAAGAAAABgCAQAAABIkb+zAAABMUlEQVR4Ae3YsTFAURhE4ZUAkAKIFAhEkIpFoAIAOQAJ0IYEAIAS4C07b+acv4H9Zm50RURE9K061KdNXeqj4I0pUL3m9V54eoxQpSPb+Ahhwjg9QGjRqz7KTBixzg4QDmxzQ4RzE0Apwr0NECL4AAZCHhAgeAEBghcQIDxYAQGCFxAgeAEBghcQIHgBAYIXECA8WgEBghcQIHgBAYIXECB4AQHCkwvwO0K5ANJY2QHSWNkB0lge4LzCPQMAACB6AF4AAABQbsArAAAAyg14AwAAQPQAvAMAAKDcgA8AAAAAAAAAAIDfVgEAAIDwFe46Ov9ahTuNAs5UuPEoYFyF6wl+bb2pU4ZmY4ApWarVWej9V8lUk9b++XvlXYuql7VuDWlbV38+/VIb6v/e2yciIvoEBh6x5m3tSdoAAAAASUVORK5CYII=",
"image_type": "FRONT"
}

Sample response:

{
"id": "ec1565b6-82c7-0577-8b3a-94462b67c97a",
"image_type": "FRONT",
"upload_date": "2019-10-03 14:05:19"
}

Create the document object

Make the following request to create an object in the profile's documents array of objects. Send the image(s) you uploaded to the profile's document_images in the previous step.

Forgot to take note of the image ID(s) in the previous step? Make this request to the profile: GET https://api.passfort.com/4.0/profiles/{profile_id}/document_images. The document_images array of objects is returned. Learn more in the API resources for Get list of document images.

Take note of the document ID returned in the response. You'll need the document ID to run the check later.

Request endpoint:

POST https://api.passfort.com/4.0/profiles/{profile_id}/collected_data/documents
This endpoint updates a part of the profile's collected_data. The main request to update profile_data is documented in the guide to Sync profile data with your system data and in the API resources for Update collected data.

Body parameters:

When you make the request, include the following parameters in the body.

Key

Value

Description

category

Required

String

On the Verify company details task: PROOF_OF_IDENTITY

On the Verify bank account task: PROOF_OF_BANK_ACCOUNT

On the Verify tax status task: PROOF_OF_TAX_STATUS

This field is used by the data provider to understand how to treat the document.

document_type

Required

String

When the category is PROOF_OF_IDENTITY: INCORPORATION

When the category is PROOF_OF_BANK_ACCOUNT: BANK_STATEMENT

When the category is PROOF_OF_TAX_STATUS: TAX

The type of document you're creating (e.g. a bank statement).

images

Required

Array of objects

See the sample request body below for a sample value.

Array of objects where each object corresponds to one image from the profile's document_images.

images.id

Required

String

Sample value: ec1565b6-82c7-0577-8b3a-94462b67c97a

The unique identifier for a document image.

In this example, we'll create a document object for a company's bank statement that's made up of the FRONT image we added to the profile's document_images earlier. The document ID is returned in the response.

Sample request body:

{
"category": "PROOF_OF_BANK_ACCOUNT",
"document_type": "BANK_STATEMENT",
"images": [
{
"id": "ec1565b6-82c7-0577-8b3a-94462b67c97a"
}
]
}

Sample response:

{
"category": "PROOF_OF_BANK_ACCOUNT",
"document_type": "BANK_STATEMENT",
"id": "9a92b3c5-e804-06bc-cccc-6b3b43ea2a7a",
"images": [
{
"id": "ec1565b6-82c7-0577-8b3a-94462b67c97a",
"image_type": "FRONT",
"upload_date": "2019-10-08 14:20:02"
}
]
}

4. Run the check

Now that you have the document object, you can run the check and get the results.

Run the check

To run the check, send a request to the endpoint below.

In the request body, include the document ID (returned when you created the document object) and the task ID (returned when you got all data from the profile).

Forgot to take note of the document ID or the task ID? Send a request to get all data from the profile. The document ID is returned in collected_data.documents.id and the task ID is returned in tasks.id.

Request endpoint:

POST https://api.passfort.com/4.0/profiles/{profile_id}/checks

Body parameters:

When you make the request, include the following parameters in the body.

Key

Value

Description

check_type

Required

String

COMPANY_DOCUMENT_VERIFICATION

The type of check that's being run.

document_id

Required

String

Sample value: 9a92b3c5-e804-06bc-cccc-6b3b43ea2a7a

The unique identifier for the document in the profile's documents.

task_ids

Optional (but we recommend including it whenever possible)

Array of strings

For the Verify company details task: COMPANY_VERIFY_IDENTITY

For the Verify bank account task:COMPANY_VERIFY_BANK_ACCOUNT

For the Verify tax status task: COMPANY_VERIFY_TAX_STATUS

If you do not send a value for this key, the check is run on the Verify company details task when the document category is COMPANY_VERIFY_IDENTITY, run on the Verify bank account task when the category is COMPANY_VERIFY_BANK_ACCOUNT, and run on the Verify tax status task when the document category is COMPANY_VERIFY_TAX_STATUS.

The unique identifier for the task(s) the check will run on.

In the example below, we'll run the check on the Verify bank account task, sending the document we created earlier.

Sample request body:

{
"check_type": "COMPANY_DOCUMENT_VERIFICATION",
"document_id": "9a92b3c5-e804-06bc-cccc-6b3b43ea2a7a",
"task_ids": [
"3d7a333c-418d-72a1-007b-06854dbb28eb"
]
}

Sample response:

{
"check_type": "COMPANY_DOCUMENT_VERIFICATION",
"deadline": "2019-10-14 14:37:46",
"document_id": "9a92b3c5-e804-06bc-cccc-6b3b43ea2a7a",
"id": "ea565b55-47d9-1858-4588-3a22a3838707",
"input_data": {
"documents": [
{
"category": "PROOF_OF_BANK_STATEMENT",
"document_type": "BANK_STATEMENT",
"id": "9a92b3c5-e804-06bc-cccc-6b3b43ea2a7a",
"images": [
{
"id": "ec1565b6-82c7-0577-8b3a-94462b67c97a",
"image_type": "FRONT",
"upload_date": "2019-10-03 14:05:19"
}
]
}
],
"entity_type": "COMPANY",
"metadata": { … },
},
"instructed_on": "2019-10-03 14:26:44",
"performed_on": "2019-10-03 14:26:48",
"providers": [ … ],
"started_on": "2019-10-03 14:26:44",
"state": "RUNNING",
"task_ids": [ … ],
"variant": { … }
}

This check often takes a bit of time to run, so the check state will likely be RUNNING in the response because the response is returned immediately. See the next step to learn how to get the check results as soon as they come in from the data provider.

Get the check result

Listen to the Check completed webhook to get a notification when the check is finished running and learn what the result is.

To enable this webhook, turn on the Check completed event.

This webhook sends a callback whenever results are returned from any check (including checks other than the Company document verification check).

Callbacks from this webhook have several important keys:

  • secret: Authenticate the request by ensuring this secret matches your secret.
  • id: The check ID. Use it to confirm the callback is for your check by matching it to the check ID you captured in step 2.
  • data.check.check_type: The type of check was run. When the Company document verification check was run, the value is COMPANY_DOCUMENT_VERIFICATION.
  • data.check.variant.alias: The alias for the check variant. You can use it for additional confirmation that the callback is for your check by matching it to the check variant alias you captured in step 2.
  • data.check.result: The results of the check. Possible results for the Company document verification check are Pass, Fail, or Error. To learn what triggers each result, see the configuration article for idvcheck.
When the check results are returned from the data provider, PassFort cross-references the information from company's collected_data with the information returned from the data provider to ensure it matches. This means it's possible for the data provider to pass the check and for PassFort to fail the check.

In this example, a Company document verification check passed.

Sample callback:

{
"id": "33bae6b8-5689-b96b-143c-06e93ab8527e",
"event": "CHECK_COMPLETED",
"secret": "yourSecret",
"timestamp": 1570807808,
"data": {
"check": {
"check_type": "COMPANY_DOCUMENT_VERIFICATION",
"id": "ea70ade9-3de3-1785-203b-68044cd3ecbb",
"result": "Pass",
"variant": {
"alias": "company_document_verification",
"id": "ea565b55-47d9-1858-4588-3a22a3838707"
}
},
"customer_ref": null,
"profile_id": "a2c4393a-e219-67a4-5ab4-2186952e9038"
}
}

Use the response to:

Confirm the check passed:

  • If the check has passed, the data.check.result is Pass.
  • If the check hasn't passed, the data.check.result is Fail.
  • If an error occurred, the data.check.result is Error.

See Getting more information about the check result to learn what forgery or image checks the data provider performed, what information the data provider extracted from the document, any error or failure details, and more.

Getting more information about the check result

If you want to get more information about the results from the webhook, make a call to the endpoint below.

In the request body, include the check ID (check.id) and the profile ID (data.profile_id) from the webhook callback.

We recommend listening to the Check completed webhook to find out when the check is finished because it's more efficient than continuously polling the endpoint below.

Request endpoint:

GET https://api.passfort.com/4.0/profiles/{profile_id}/checks/{check_id}

In this example, the Company document verification check passed.

Sample response:

{
"check_type": "COMPANY_DOCUMENT_VERIFICATION",
"completed_on": "2019-10-03 14:28:02",
"decision": "PASS",
"document_id": "9a92b3c5-e804-06bc-cccc-6b3b43ea2a7a",
"errors": [ ],
"id": "ea70ade9-3de3-1785-203b-68044cd3ecbb",
"input_data": {
"documents": [
{
"category": "PROOF_OF_BANK_ACCOUNT",
"document_type": "BANK_STATEMENT",
"id": "9a92b3c5-e804-06bc-cccc-6b3b43ea2a7a",
"images": [
{
"id": "ec1565b6-82c7-0577-8b3a-94462b67c97a",
"image_type": "FRONT",
"upload_date": "2019-10-03 14:05:19"
}
]
}
],
"entity_type": "COMPANY",
"metadata": {
"addresses": [
{
"country": "GBR",
"locality": "London",
"original_freeform_address": "38, Crown Street, London, W1 2ZT",
"original_structured_address": { ... },
"postal_code": "W1 2ZT",
"route": "Crown Street",
"street_number": "38",
"type": "STRUCTURED"
}
],
"country_of_incorporation": "GBR",
"name": "AERIAL TRADERS"
}
},
"instructed_on": "2019-10-03 14:26:44",
"output_data": {
"documents": [
{
"category": "PROOF_OF_BANK_ACCOUNT",
"document_type": "BANK_STATEMENT",
"id": "ce712852-ef66-11e9-9774-3607af249582",
"images": [
{
"id": "9e3ca2d4-ef66-11e9-bbe4-a6cea75352cd",
"image_type": "FRONT",
"upload_date": "2019-10-15 16:12:43"
}
],
"verification_result": {
"all_passed": true,
"field_checks": [
{
"field": "FIELD_EXPIRY",
"result": "CHECK_VALID"
}
],
"forgery_checks_passed": true,
"provider_name": "IDVCheck"
}
}
],
"entity_type": "COMPANY"
},
"performed_on": "2019-10-03 14:26:48",
"providers": [
{
"instructed_on": "2019-10-03 14:26:44",
"provider_name": "idvcheck",
"variant_name": "idvcheck for Forexo Pro"
}
],
"result": "Pass",
"started_on": "2019-10-15 16:16:36",
"state": "COMPLETE",
"task_ids": [
"3d7a333c-418d-72a1-007b-06854dbb28eb"
],
"variant": {
"id": "5562c4e4-4d12-b16a-a151-7c9eed6816e9",
"name": "Verify bank account - Forexo"
}
}

The input_data.documents array of objects that's returned in the response contains important information about the documents:

  • extracted_data: An object containing all the information the data provider extracted from the document.
  • verification_result.field_checks: A set of comparisons between the information extracted from the data provider and the information in the profile.
  • verification_result.forgery_checks: The results of any forgery checks conducted by the data provider.

The output_data.documents.verification_result object that's returned in the response contains some important information about the check result:

  • all_passed: When all the image, forgery, and field checks have passed, the value of this key is true. When one or more checks have failed, the value of this key is false.
  • document_type_passed: When the correct document_type was used, the value of this key is true. If an incorrect document_type was used, the value of this key is false.
  • error_reason: A description about why the check returned an error.
  • field_checks: An array of objects that contains one object for every profile field that was cross-referenced with the information extracted from the data provider.
  • forgery_checks: An array of objects that contains one object for every forgery check performed by the data provider, along with a detailed result for each one.
  • forgery_checks_passed: When all forgery checks performed by the data provider passed, the value of this key is true. When one or more forgery checks failed, the value of this key is false.
  • image_checks: This array of objects contains one object for every image check performed by the data provider, along with a detailed result for each one.
  • image_checks_passed: When all image checks performed by the data provider passed, the value of this key is true. When one or more image checks failed, the value of this key is false.
  • provider_name: The name of the data provider.

For a description of every field that might be returned in the response, see the API Resources for Get results of a specific check.

Now that you have the results of the check, you may want to mark the task as complete.


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