79 important IDV stats for 2023

A comprehensive list of helpful identity verification statistics

As our day-to-day lives become digitized, digital identities play an increasingly crucial role in interactions with businesses and one another. Digital identities remove friction from the customer experience. They make it easy to interact and communicate on various virtual platforms. As digital identities take hold, businesses must ensure that the owner of each identity is who they say they are to create safe environments and earn customer trust. As such, digital identity verification will be fundamental to business operations moving forward. 

Below are 79 important identity verification statistics that you need to know as we move forward in the digital era in 2023. 

1: Defining digital identity

One side effect of a digital economy is that consumers must manage dozens of relationships with service providers. Each new relationship requires managing login credentials and handing over personal information. Often, consumers err on the side of convenience rather than security when managing these relationships. As a result, this one-to-one relationship model isn’t sustainable. The need for a new identity-management model represents vast opportunity for vendors that understand the components of digital identity and how to broker trust between consumers and vendors while maintaining convenience. 


There are 5 major conditions under which digital identities operate, which will endure regardless of the direction the industry takes:

  • Privacy – How a user takes control of their digital identity
  • Commerce – How a user leverages services to initiate transactions
  • Reputation – How a user manages the information that makes up their online presence
  • Data Protection – How a user protects their data and digital identity
  • Inclusion – How a user gains access to services regardless of their personal conditions

2: Identity-management solutions market

Vendors are developing identity solutions to help simplify digital identity management and protect customers from fraud. 

1. According to the University of Portsmouth, it’s estimated that fraud losses totaled nearly $5.4 trillion globally in 2021

2. Consumers average 100 passwords for their various accounts

3. The average user is locked out of 10 accounts each month

4. The market for reusable digital identity is projected to be worth $266.5B by 2027

         - Reusable identities securely store an individual’s verified information. This verified identity can then be used with new entities so that consumers do not have to validate their identity every time they sign up with a new vendor

5. The market for mobile wallets is projected to be worth $16.2 trillion by 2031

6. The broader digital identity solutions market should be worth $70.7 billion by 2027


Often driven by being victims of fraud, consumers are trying to change their password behavior. Ponemon Institute research highlights this shift in action:

7. 61% now use stronger passwords [after suffering an account takeover or hacking]

8. 52% now change their passwords more frequently

9. However, just 35% use two-factor or multi-factor authentication

3: Digital identity verification

Advancements in digital identity technology have also opened the door for threats like deepfakes and synthetic identities. To combat these challenges, enterprising vendors have developed biometrics and other tools for layered identity-verification approaches.

According to an Experian survey:

10. 74% of consumers perceived physical biometrics to be the most secure method for digital identity verification

11. 72% of consumers said PINs sent to mobile devices


Research from Vanson Bourne found:

12. 80% of financial services organizations “have experienced a breach that was likely related to authentication weaknesses”

13. The average cost of an authentication-related breach is $2.19 million

2.19 million per breach

14. 89% of decision makers in the financial services industry state that “organizations need to adopt passwordless authentication to ensure the highest level of authentication security”

15. 90% agree that “passwordless authentication has cost benefits over traditional authentication methods”

16. 43% of organizations use password managers for customer authentication. 40% use single sign-on methods


Continuity Central research highlights opportunity for authentication factors other than passwords and PINs:

17. Human error is the leading cause of serious insider data breaches, with 84% of organizations experiencing a security incident caused by a mistake

18. Organizations are concerned about what remote and hybrid work mean for future breaches 

19. 54% believe that remote/hybrid working will make it more difficult to prevent data breaches caused by human error

20. 50%  believe that hybrid and remote work will make it more difficult to prevent phishing attacks

21. 49% believe that it will be more difficult to prevent employees from breaking security rules if they’re working remotely in the future


Nordpass research finds that far too many people use guessable passwords.  Millions of people use some of the most popular passwords, including “12345” and variations

22. It takes less than 1 second to crack most of the passwords on the list of most popular passwords


Identity verification is crucial for AML/KYC purposes.

23. Organizations spent nearly $1.4 billion in 2021 on AML and KYC data and services

24. 92% of Americans have placed an online order for goods or services

25. More than 75% of people have conducted at least some of their banking transactions online, necessitating more stringent identity-verification methods for financial institutions

26. 62% of highly connected consumers report having received payments via mobile wallets at least once over the past 12 months, at the time of the survey


Fines for AML breaches can cost institutions hundreds of millions of dollars.

According to Deloitte:

27. 62% of organizations say the biggest AML compliance challenges faced by banks is “increased regulatory expectations and enforcement of current regulations”

28. 55% say the biggest challenge is “Having sufficient numbers of adequately trained AML staff”

29. 48% say, “Insufficient/outdated technology to manage AML compliance obligations”

When asked what the biggest operational challenges that organizations face while complying with AML regulations...

30. 80% say “Manual (time consuming) processes”

31. 74% say “Poor quality of available data/lack of data/one view processes of customer”

32. 50% say, “Screening technology/ process produces  too many false-positives”


Biometrics is the leading option for identity verification methods.

33. Two-thirds of people Visa surveyed have used biometrics. They cite the following reasons for wanting to use biometrics:

       34. 42% don’t want to remember passwords

       35. More than one-third (34%) believe biometrics offer improved security over passwords

       36. One-third (33%) don’t want to forget or lose an authentication method


Among passwordless verification options, biometrics is a burgeoning option. Mitek and PYMNTS research found that:

37. 58% of consumers believe that biometric authentication methods are faster and more convenient than alternatives

58 percent prefer biometric authentication

38. 55% of consumers trust them more than methods, such as PINs and passwords


Research from Mitek and Javelin found that acceptance of biometrics is growing:

39. Consumers’ perceived effectiveness of facial recognition increased to 63%...

40. While retinal scanning remained steady at 62%

41. Voice recognition for the first time finally reached a 50% perceived effectiveness rate


According to Statista:

42. The broader biometrics market is projected to drive nearly $100 billion in revenue by 2027

43. 80% of active phones in the North America, Western Europe, and the Asia Pacific markets have enabled biometrics

The voice and facial recognition markets are poised to lead the way for biometrics technologies

44. The global facial recognition market is forecast to reach $8.5 billion by 2025 

45. The voice recognition market is projected to reach a size of more than $27 billion by 2026

46. 53% of professionals agree that “biometrics will be a key enabler for anchoring digital identity”


Many global software developers engage with biometrics-related technologies.

47. 62% work with computer vision

48. 50% are working with conversational platforms/voice search

49. 37% are working on hearables


Businesses are leveraging biometric identity authentication.

50. American Airlines plans to expand its biometric-driven boarding program to 75 international gates by the end of 2022

4: Identity verification and customer experience

For modern identity verification to work, consumers must be comfortable providing some personal information to vendors. However, consumers are wary of repeatedly handing over their information while organizing all their different login credentials. Organizations that wish to use cutting-edge identity-verification technology must implement verification practices that do not add friction to the customer experience. 

Straights Research projects:

51. The Identity Verification Market Size is projected to reach USD 32.94 billion by 2030

32 billion IDV Market Size

According to an Experian survey:

52. 55% of consumers say security is the most important aspect of their online experience.

53. However, consumers also said they’d abandon a transaction if they had to wait more than 30 seconds


According to Liminal research:

54. 42% of US consumers have given up on an online or mobile account opening process because of problems completing the application


A survey from Ponemon finds that on a scale of 1-10:

55. 64% of individuals rate “Not being inconvenienced when logging into online accounts” as 7 or higher

56. 60% rate “Being able to access online information as easy as possible” as 7 or higher


Mitek and PYMNTS research found:

57. 51% of mobile app users report that ease of use was the most important reason why they prefer fingerprint scans

58. 49% of both app users and browser users say ease of use was the most important reason why they select face scan authentication

59. 32% of digital account users accessing accounts from browsers say username and password combinations are their most preferred authentication method

5: Identity verification ethics

The U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy has developed a framework for an AI Bill of Rights. This framework identifies “five principles that should guide the design, use, and deployment of automated systems to protect the American public in the age of artificial intelligence … from [threats] — and uses technologies in ways that reinforce our highest values.” A similar guide has emerged out of the EU.

60. In 2021, at least 89 court rulings referenced Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). That number is more than 4-fold growth over 2019 rulings

61. More than 110 cases had been filed during the first quarter of 2022


Facial recognition technology can have unintended biases. Harvard research reveals:

62. Three algorithms had 34% higher error rates for darker-skinned females compared to lighter-skinned females

63. Another algorithm exhibited a 31% error rate for gender classification


The NIST is developing a standard for identifying and managing bias in artificial intelligence. The organization cites research, including:

64. An algorithmically deployed ad campaign designed to engage women about STEM careers. Yet, 20% more men than women viewed the ad, and the discrepancy was highest among working-age individuals


Consumers are willing to ditch brands whose morals don’t align with their own.

65. 61% of all UK shoppers, and 86% UK Gen Z shoppers have abandoned a brand because of something they heard or experienced that they didn’t like

6: Identity verification practices and trust

People are comfortable walking into a bank branch, handing an employee their identifying information and trusting that that information will not be misused. For digital identities and identity-verification practices to take hold, businesses must earn consumer trust in the virtual realm. Business like banks must meld the two as acceptance of AI- and technology-based tools grows.

66. Liminal research found that only 25% of consumers believe most companies handle their sensitive personal data responsibly


One way businesses can ease consumers’ apprehension is by requesting just the minimum amount of data necessary (11:FS + Mitek - The Digital Trust Report).

67. 52% of US customers trust companies that request only relevant data

Consumers should receive a benefit if they’re asked to share additional information:

68. 72% of consumers are willing to share info if it delivers easier future access to the account or service

Consumers willing to share data

Above all, consumer data must be safe:

69. 63% of US consumers would be more willing to hand over personal information if they had evidence that sensitive information was protected


YouGov and Mitek research found that:

70. Only half (52%) of UK bank customers feel that technology like artificial intelligence (AI) and biometrics positively impacts their trust in banks

71. Only 5% would prefer all interactions with AI/automated systems when engaging banks

72. Only 35% of people comfortable using a mobile banking app say they have set up face biometrics to log in. That number is 50% for 18 to 34-year-olds and drops to 20% for those 55-years-old or older

73. 77% of UK bank customers said that the ability to speak to a human when needed would have a positive impact on their trust

74. Those aged 55 and older are more likely (65%) to cite the ability to go to a local, physical branch than younger individuals (55%)


Research from Mitek and PYMNTS found that:

75. 69% of baby boomers and seniors are willing to use two-factor authentication

76. 55% of consumers trust biometric methods more than passwords and PINs

77. 72% of digital account users say that seamless logins will increase their trust in a service provide


Research from Mitek and Javelin uncovered a gap that exists between the desire for convenient and secure authentication and the actual adoption of this technology. This gap highlights how, despite growing comfort with non-traditional identity-verification methods, there is still work to be done to gain the public’s trust. For example:

78. Only 23% of consumers describe themselves as early adopters of new technology

79. Nearly half (44%) of consumers say they experience a level of apprehension when trying new technology as soon as it becomes available

Hopefully these stats helped illustrate and inform the importance of IDV in the pivotal year to come.  As the identity verification space continues to evolve, mutate, and grow exponentially into 2023, it is imperative that businesses proactively incorporate both identity verification and authentication processes into their business models. Doing so will not only deliver secure interactions and a trusted virtual experience,  but it will modernize and automate a critical step for all organizations moving into the digital future.


Hopefully these stats helped illustrate and inform the importance of IDV in the pivotal year to come.  As the identity verification space continues to evolve, mutate, and grow exponentially into 2023, it is imperative that businesses proactively incorporate both identity verification and authentication processes into their business models. Doing so will not only deliver secure interactions and a trusted virtual experience,  but it will modernize and automate a critical step for all organizations moving into the digital future.