What is an ID confirmation photo?

An ID confirmation photo (IDCP) is a picture of you, the account holder, holding your ID document and a note next to your face to allow for facial confirmation of the ID document.

Clients will be required to provide an IDCP as part of Intermediate verification level if they are:

  • Resident in Germany or the US
  • Funding with a German bank account
  • Using domestic USD funding

However, there may be other situations where we require you to upload an IDCP and require a different message than what is listed below.

Checklist for producing a proper IDCP that can be accepted by our verification team:

(1) ID.

  • The ID must be the same used for your Intermediate verification level (see Requirements for ID documents).
  • The details on the ID must be readable. They cannot be blurry or out of focus. 

(2) Note.

  • Must say: "only for trading digital currency on www.kraken.com"
  • Must be handwritten, not typed.
  • Must be in English.
  • Must have the current date.
  • Must have your signature.
  • None of the text can be covered. 

Pay close attention when writing the note! If even one word is different in the note, the photo will not be accepted.

Be aware that in certain situations we may request that you write something else on the handwritten note. Follow the instructions provided to you in your ticket closely. 

(3) Photo.

  • The ID shouldn't be taped or pinned to the note. Both the ID and note have to be held by hand.
  • Hold the ID and handwritten note in your hand(s). Someone else can't hold the note for you.
  • It's fine to hold both the handwritten note and the ID in the same hand.
  • Your face, the ID, and the note all have to be clearly visible.
  • Your fingers cannot cover any details on your ID or on the note.
  • Your upper body and hands should be visible. Don't be a head sticking out from behind the note.
  • You cannot wear sunglasses, a hat, or anything that obscures your facial features.


  • Have your friend or family member take the photo.
  • Take the photo during the daytime when the lighting is good.
  • When it's dark outside and you're relying entirely on indoor lighting, it's harder for cameras to capture details.

(4) Upload.

  • You can upload your IDCP in your Kraken account on the Get Verified > Intermediate tab.
  • If you do not see the section to upload the IDCP on that page, contact support.