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Stay compliant and onboard customers faster in Benin

With Smile ID, you can quickly verify identities and stay compliant with KYC, AML and data protection regulations in Benin.
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Country overview

Benin is a member of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA). Companies looking to digitally onboard customers and verify identities in Benin are expected to adhere to local and international KYC regulations.

Regulatory overview

KYC/AML regulations

AML/KYC regulations in Benin are enforced by a number of regulators including the

  • Cellule Nationale de Traitement des Informations Financières (CENTIF), and the
  • Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (BCEAO)

The primary KYC/AML regulation in Benin is the Law on the Prevention and Repression of Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism in Benin (Law No. 2018-04).

Data protection regulations

The Autorité de Protection des Données à Caractère Personnel (APDP) enforces Benin’s data protection laws which are encoded in Law No. 2017-20.

Data controllers and processors must obtain customers’ consent before processing and transferring personal data. Users also have a right to request the deletion of their personal data which must be done within 45 days of the user’s request.

Accurately verify users in Benin

Stay compliant, prevent fraud and streamline your user verification process for customers across Africa with Smile ID. Verify users with confidence with:

The most extensive ID coverage on the continent

99.8% recognition accuracy for faces of all skin tones

A solution that is compatible with any device

Documents we verify in Benin

Give users the flexibility to verify their identity using any of the following ID documents. All we need is a document photo and a selfie.

Benin National Identity Card

The Benin National ID, issued by the Agence Nationale de la Identification (ANI), is the most popular ID type in the country. All adult citizens are expected to have it.

Benin Voter Identity Card

The Benin Voter Identity Card, issued by the Commission Électorale Nationale Autonome (CENA), is used as a form of identification during elections and can be used for identity verification.

Benin Passport

Passports issued by the Benin Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation can be used to verify local identities.

Benin Driver’s License

Although not a popular ID type, driver’s licenses issued by the Centre Nationale de Securite Routiere (CNSR) can also be used for identity verification purposes.

Verify Beninese using ID documents

Verifying users with ID documents and biometric face matching is one of the most reliable ways to determine a user's true identity. Our ID document verification solution checks that an ID document is authentic, accurately transcribes the text on the document and compares a user-submitted selfie to the document image.

Transcribes document text with 96% accuracy

Checks for accurate format

Identifies tampered and forged documents

Verifies security features

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Scan your document

Our image capture tool guides users to take clear photos even with older devices.

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Smile for a selfie

We ensure a real user is behind the camera by asking them to smile to test for liveness.

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Get real-time results

In a few seconds, we will confirm the document is authentic and belongs to the user.

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