NatWest has joined the selfie revolution allowing customers to open an account using a photo for verification.

Through simplifying the ID verification process, NatWest will enable customers to save time on the authentication process

The added convenience and speed of ‘selfie banking’ will improve the overall customer experience. Furthermore, since there will no longer be a need to remember long passwords and account details.

Furthermore, all across the UK, consumers are using bank branches far less frequently than they used to. By enabling a quick digital solution, NatWest is making sure that customers have a secure solution to open an account. Instead of going into a branch, customers can do this from the comfort of their home.

NatWest also joins other high street banks such as HSBC and Lloyds who enabled this capability in 2016.

NatWest selfie function

Using AI and real-time biometric checks, NatWest will confirm that a customers’ selfie matches the image in their photographic ID.

Furthermore, this quick and secure process will reduce the amount of fraud occurring. It will also remove the need to provide ID documents either by post or in branch.

Chief Digital Officer at NatWest, Frans Woelders, said:

“We know customers want to be able to open accounts at a time and a place that suits them and not have to worry about precious ID documents going missing in the post, or taking time out of their day to go to a branch. That’s why we’re making it easier, safer and faster to open and access accounts, allowing customers to get on with the things that matter.”

In addition, the application accepts international ID documents. This makes it completely accessible for UK residents from diverse nationalities.

Marketing Director at HooYu, David Pope, said:

“In today’s digital age, customers expect to be able to do everything on-demand, they don’t want to have to go into a branch or wait for a day or two for account opening to be completed. Our work with NatWest balances the twin demands of compliance and convenience. Our unique identity platform that combines many forms of identity verification technology is designed not only to bring extra security into the account opening process but also to make customer on-boarding simpler and quicker.”