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Individual Identity Verification


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The Individual Identity Verification process is a one-time process that allows the IRS to validate the identity of application submitters and responsible individuals through a series of questions regarding their personal history and most recently filed tax return.  This is a mandatory process that applies to any individual submitting either a Responsible Individual Personal Attestation (RIPA) or an application for certification. The Individual Identity Verification process must be completed before beginning the RIPA or CPEO application process.

If you have never filed a U.S. Individual Income tax return, the IRS will be unable to verify your identity online. The inability to have your identity verified online may increase the overall processing time for an application for certification.

What You’ll Need

You will need the following information to begin your Individual Identity Verification Application

  • Your most recent individual tax return

If the information you provide does not match the information on your most recently filed individual tax return and your identity cannot be verified, you will be restricted from completing additional activities within the IRS Online Registration System. In addition, you must answer these pre-screening questions for us to determine your eligibility.

  1. Do you have a Social Security Number?
  2. Are you 18 years of age or older?
  3. Have you filed a U.S. individual income tax return in the last five (5) years?  


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 11-Jul-2016