There are three main types of ID verification and attestation:
- Personally vouching for an individual (no certification required)
- Attesting for an individual’s identity (some certification required)
- Legally verifying an individual’s identity (often done by a lawyer)
It is up to you and your organization to determine which type of support you can offer.
Additionally, not all ID verification done at social services offices look like official attestation and verification. Often, workers may just need to find the best way to get their client’s ID verified so that they may receive services, apply to benefits, or qualify for a bank account. This service could look like walking clients through the process of obtaining ID, building partnerships with organizations and vouching for your clients.
- In Manitoba, there are Commissioners for Oaths which can take an attestation of someone which involves witnessing a statement or signature. They cannot certify true copies. That can only be done by a notary public and a notary public must be a lawyer with the bar.
- Individuals in the community – social workers, nursing staff, guards in jail, may form partnerships with certain institutions requiring ID in order to vouch on behalf of their client. This method allows individuals to file important paperwork even if they do not have a driver’s licence or other form of ID. This will only work if there are specific agreements put in place. Be sure to research your province’s laws around ID attestation and verification.
- Community Financial Counselling Services (CFCS) has a Verified Partner program that allows social service providers to confirm and vouch for a client’s identity around tax filing.