How does it work when LandTrust verifies your identity?
At LandTrust, we’re always working on making our community as secure as possible for everyone. That’s why, before booking a hunting or fishing trip, or becoming a host, we may ask for a government ID or have you confirm your legal name and add your address.
This information helps us keep LandTrust secure, fight fraud, and more—and it’s something you’ll only have to do once.
How it works when LandTrust verifies identity
When you’re asked to confirm your identity, you’ll need to add either your legal name and address, or a photo of a government ID (driver’s license, passport, or national identity card). Additionally, you may be asked to take a brand-new photo of yourself. This is different from your profile photo, which you may also be asked to provide.
If you're asked to take a photo of yourself, it needs to match the photo on your ID, and your ID must be valid. If your photos don’t match, if you’re under 18, or your ID doesn't appear to be valid, you won't be able to book a listing requiring an ID. If you’re under 18, all current reservations will also be canceled.
You may have a few options for confirming your identity:
- Take a photo of your ID using your phone
- Take a photo using the camera on your computer or mobile device
- Upload an existing photo of your ID
- Add your legal first and last name
- Add your address (this should match where you get banking documents or utility bills)
Completing this process isn’t an endorsement of any host or guest, a guarantee of someone’s identity, or an assurance that interacting with them will be safe. Always use your own best judgment.
This may happen for a couple of reasons. For example, some hosts require their guests to complete identity verification in order to book their place or experience.
There are also times when LandTrust will ask you to confirm your identity to help us make sure you’re really you.
But whatever the reason, your ID will never be shared with a host or anyone else who uses LandTrust.
Depending on your location and what country you’re from, you may be able to add one of the following types of government ID:
- Driver’s license
- National identity card
Your ID needs to be an official government-issued ID (not an ID for a school, library, gym, etc.) that includes a photo of you.
If you add a driver’s license, you’ll be asked for two photos—one of the front of the license and one of the back.
If you add a passport, make sure the photo includes the numbers located at the bottom of the page with your picture.
Other ways we verify your identity
In some cases, you may not need to add a government ID. We’ll be able to make sure you’re really you when you add your legal name and address (this should match where you get banking documents or utility bills). We’ll match this information with secure third-party databases.
If you’re asked for a government ID, the following may be shared with your host:
- The first name on your ID
- Whether you're over or under 25 years old
- Whether your ID has been successfully added
- Your profile photo and profile name
As a guest, the following will never be shared with your host or anyone else who uses LandTrust:
- The photo of your ID
- The photo you take of yourself as part of ID verification (if you’re asked to do that)
- Your last name
- Your address
When you and other guests and hosts provide identification info it builds trust in the LandTrust community. It also helps us keep LandTrust secure, fight fraud, and more. There are a few ways that identification info may be used to do this.
First, here at LandTrust, we may use your identification info to better protect all guests and hosts. The information helps us check that everyone is who they say they are—and therefore, we can do an even better job of keeping fraudulent individuals away from LandTrust. We can also keep accounts more secure, and better determine that everyone who uses LandTrust is over 18 years old.
Also, where permitted by applicable law, we may provide certain identification info to banks and other financial institutions (which helps them enforce various tax, anti-money laundering, and sanctions laws), as well as to law enforcement agencies (who may be conducting investigations requiring LandTrust's involvement).
Our goal is to work closely with these organizations and comply with our legal obligations, while also ensuring the respect, privacy, and security of everyone who uses LandTrust.
If you’re asked to take a photo of yourself, we’ll also match this photo with the picture in the government ID you already provided. This helps us make sure you’re really you.
Photo matching may provide some useful info, but no facial matching process is always completely accurate. The effectiveness of a comparison of facial features can vary greatly based on the skill and judgment of the reviewer, the quality and resolution of the photos, and whether there are significant changes in a person’s appearance between the two photos (for example, change in age, change in weight, different outfit).
As a result, this process may sometimes “match” photos that are not in fact of the same person, or fail to match photos that are of the same person. Fraudulent individuals may circumvent even the most sophisticated and diligent efforts to match photos submitted for comparison.
We don’t make any guarantee or representation about the accuracy or effectiveness of photo matching results. You shouldn’t rely on completion of the photo matching process as a guarantee of someone’s identity, or a guarantee that they’re someone you can safely interact with.