ID.me has announced this morning that the Federal Identity Credential Access Management (FICAM) Trust Framework Solutions program has approved the company as an accredited Credential Service Provider. With the FICAM approval, ID.me can now offer US citizens a way to securely access government benefits and services online through a simple Single Sign-On. This is a big win for the DC startup, which is currently the only small business that has the accreditation (other companies that are accredited include Verizon and Symantec – both of which are definitely much, much larger than ID.me).
“Consumers are tired of having to create yet another username and password and to attempt to prove who they are to each government agency when they access government services online,” said ID.me COO Matthew Thompson in a statement. “ID.me enables consumers to more rapidly login to government services with a trusted credential issued by ID.me or a participating financial institution so that they can leverage the trust they have already established in their online identity across a network. We are excited to be able to enhance the delivery of government services to the standard consumers expect in the 21st century.”
ID.me’s digital verification services enable members of various groups to get digitally verified, privately confirming the identity and affiliation of that person. The company has had major commercial success, bringing on brands like Under Armour, Overstock.com, Uber, Sears, and Jockey to utilize its identity verification solution on their websites. The FICAM approval gives ID.me access to operate at Assurance Levels 1, 2, and 3 (the highest for citizens), allowing the company to provide the same solutions to citizens and the federal government as they do for the 600 brands currently utilizing their digital login credentials.
According to the company, a Single Sign-On system has never been successfully implemented by government agencies. Because of ID.me’s prevalence and success, large-scale adoption for its digital verification should no longer be an issue. The FICAM approval is more great news for the McLean, Virginia-based startup, which raised $7.5 million this past March.