There’s a big difference between ad hoc identity verification and Identity Quality Attestation. For starters, a certified Attestation Officer (AO) creates a permanent Identity Quality record that accompanies the subject’s identity claim whenever it is asserted. Since the Attestation Officer is a Remote Online Notary, commissioned by their state jurisdiction as a public official the enrollment process involves an oath and affidavit, meaning that both Attestation Officer and enrollee are placed under penalty of perjury an any jurisdiction that accepts the AO’s authority to do so.
Attestation also involves gathering multiple sources of EOI – Evidence of Identity – according to standards such as Osmio Identity Quality Assurance (IDQA) and NIST 800-63-3 Digital identity Guidelines. Some relying party applications call for higher levels of assurance than others and there more rigorous enrollment procedures, an Attestation Officer is trained to score the identity claim properly.