"Online functional proof of citizen identity" certified by the trust identity verification platform of the first research institute of China's Ministry of Public Security has appeared for the first time in Chinese third-party payment processor Alipay with Quzhou, Hangzhou, and Fuzhou selected as the trial locations.
The three locations are separately being used to test digital ID cards for processing government documents, checking into hotels, and purchasing train tickets. 4 mln people are expected to experience the service within the year.
Users can select "Documents" under Alipay's card management platform and follow the directions to verify one's identity, including conducting a face scan. Afterwards, users can prove their identity with a QR code.
When accessing the online ID verification, users must conduct a fingerprint or facial scan to prove that they are themselves to access the online identity page. A second facial scan is needed to open the QR code preventing phone thieves from also conducting identity theft.