The Only Legit Dating Verification

Protect yourself and others from romance scams

If you’re an online dating user you know that there are major security issues on dating apps, including catfishing, romance scams, and even violent crime.

You may have wondered: is there a dating verification platform of some kind that could help protect me from these dangers?

How about some sort of identity verification that could show other online dating users I am legit myself?

Yes, there is, and you have found it! But why should you get verified? 

  • Gives other online dating users confidence that you’re legit.
  • Stand out to gain a leg up on the highly competitive dating market.
  • Control your digital identity (look good when you get screened).
  • Get more matches and go on more dates.


Verifying your photos, location, and social media account is currently 100% free, with no credit card required. We might start charging for it in the future, so take advantage now.

I’ll walk you through how to get verified in just a moment, but first a closer look at why it’s important.

So long, deception

DateID has made it so easy for singles to verify each other that you can’t afford to not get verified.


You can find anyone on DateID 

Online dating users are fed up with being deceived. DateID has given them newfound abilities to verify that their matches will be who they expect IRL, and they’re taking advantage. It’s no longer a Wild West of anonymity. 

With so many people misrepresenting themselves on dating apps, you never know what you’re going to get. I always screen my dates on DateID, and am definitely more likely to meet up with other verified users.

Stephanie, verified DateID member



Get your dating ID. Get more dates.

Now that you’re convinced, here’s how to get your dating ID. This shouldn’t take you more than 5 minutes.

Watch this video to see how to get your ID and use it to get more matches, including proof that’s working for me. Later in the article I’ll also tell show how I’m using my dating ID to start conversations and meet more women IRL. 

The following video is on a desktop computer but you can use your phone.

You can see my completed profile live here: To get started, simply use Facebook to create an account. After we’ve verified you, you will be granted a bronze shield.

But don’t stop there: to take fully advantage of the platform, level up to silver and gold. Read on to learn why doing so can help you get more matches, and how to do it.

online dating verification shieldsLevel up to Bronze, Silver and Gold


Level up to Silver

I recommend that you not stop with a bronze shield, as it represents only a baseline level of verification.

Verify your location and phone number and you’ll earn a silver shield. You’ll get a check mark next to your city, which will give other online dating users confidence that you’re not lying about your location (which is a very common problem).

Go for Gold

Leveling up to gold will give your dates 100% confidence you are who you claim to be. It will also show scammers that you’re savvy, and they’ll move on to an easier target.

Here’s how my completed profile looks after getting verified and connecting my social media accounts.

Remy's DateID ProfileMy Gold profile after connecting social media 


To get your gold shield, scan your driver license or passport, and take a short selfie video. The video is a “liveness test“: it makes sure you’re a real live human. Because liveness tests are virtually unspoofable they are the gold standard for identity verification online.

For this part of the process, you’ll need to install the mobile app Yoti, which is free for iPhone and Android. Yoti is essentially a digital ID card – and it’s the best one there is. 

DateID liveness testLiveness verification with Yoti

 Share your profile to get more matches and more dates

With so many fish in the sea, matching with desirable singles on dating apps can be hard. What’s even harder is getting people to reply to your messages and then agree to meet you IRL.

The dating market is highly competitive and unless you look like Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie, you need to do everything you can to stand out.

Once you have become a DateID member, I recommend that you share your profile on dating apps, including sending it to people you match with.

If you watched the video I posted earlier, you saw that in doing so I’ve been getting more matches (I’ve been going on more dates, too). Be sure to customize your username and profile URL, just like any other social network.

Here’s how I share my profile.

Share dateid profileSharing my profile captures attention every time!

Verify Your Photos

Photos uploaded to DateID will have the date the photo was originally taken prominently displayed, provided that the photo has IPTC metadata attached. A logo watermark is added to photos that have been verified, and you can download them for use on dating apps.

A verified photo as seen on a phone

Once you’ve verified your photos you’ll receive a badge on your profile, alongside other DateID verifications you’ve completed, including location, age and identity.

Age, location, identity and photo verifications

Leverage your free watermarked photos

This is another great way to stand out on dating apps.

DateID watermarks all photos to protect them from theft. We will automatically import your Facebook profile photos and they instantly become available with a watermark. You can also import Instagram and Twitter photos by connecting your accounts.

Edit your profile photo and you’ll see the option to download your photos.

photo watermark generator Download your watermarked photos.


Download your watermarked photos and add them to your dating apps to show you are legit, along with your DateID profile username or link, and you will increase the number of matches you get.

Why does this work?

With the endless swiping, profiles run together and everyone starts to look the same. The logo watermark evokes curiosity, making people pause and take a closer look.

And if they’re a fellow DateID user, they are far more likely to swipe right when they see you’re verified.

DateID is safe and secure, and protects against catfishing

Catfishing is a HUGE problem in online dating and if you’re not watching out for it, you should be. Odds are you’ve been catfished, whether you knew it was happening or not. I’ve used all the dating apps and have never not been catfished at least once.

How bad is it? Between 2015-2018 romance scams cost consumers over 800 million dollars in the US alone. And an immeasurable amount of heartache.

online dating scammerClever scammers target dating app users


DateID’s online dating identity verification platform uses bank grade security, including requiring documentation such as a passport or drivers license, and an actual liveness test (includes a selfie video), to make sure you’re a real human.

When I suspect someone might be catfishing me I ask them to get verified and if they disappear my suspicions are confirmed. What’s more, since I started sharing my DateID profile on dating apps, I’m not getting catfished nearly as much.

Even if you think you’re too savvy to be catfished, matching with and getting messages from illegitimates is a huge waste of your time.

How do I know this isn’t part of the Hookup ID scam?

Glad you asked! Don’t fall for the Hookup ID scam. DateID is the only legit online dating identity verification platform and we have been widely recognized as the leader in dating security. If anyone is asking you for a dating ID, hookup ID, dating security ID, safe dating verification, meetup ID, or daters pass, you’re being scammed

You can read more about us in these reputable publications: 

Other scams to avoid: Meetup ID, online dating protector ID, dater’s pass, safeness id, daters protection certificate, daters protection protocol, safemeet scan, green id, safety daters pass, id merit pass, safe dating verified, online legit match protector, permit hookup id, discreet meetup id, and the discreet meetup assurance id. Wow!

Think maybe you’re being scammed? Here’s everything you need to know about how the hookup ID scam works. Then learn more about romance scams and how to avoid them and how to background check your date.




How does DateID’s verification process work?

DateID offers location, photo, age and identity verification. We also offer sex offender registry clearance. For ID verification, we are powered by Yoti, the leader in digital identity verification. Simply download Yoti for free, upload your passport or drivers license, and get a facial scan. Then, connect to your account to DateID and a verification badge will be added to your profile. ID verification is available to Gold members.

Should I sign up for DateID?

Depends. You should sign up if 1) You’re a legit online dating user and are looking to show other users you’re legit and/or 2) You want to background check your dates to make sure THEY are legit.

Is the Hookup ID real or a scam?

You may also have seen advertisements for so-called hookup IDs. No such legitimate product exists; don’t give these websites your credit card or other personal information. You’ll end up $100+ (or WAY more) lighter with nothing to show for it, and your info may be sold on the dark web. The many variants of the scam include the Hookup ID, Meetup ID, online dating protector ID, dater’s pass, safeness id, daters protection certificate, daters protection protocol, safemeet scan, green id, safety daters pass, id merit pass, safe dating verified, online legit match protector, permit hookup id, discreet meetup id, and the discreet meetup assurance id. Wow!

Is DateID the best online dating identity verification platform?

DateID is the one-and-only legitimate online dating identity verification platform. We’ve been featured in major online dating and verification/Internet security publications, including, Global Dating Insights, Information Security Buzz, Mobile ID World, Biometric Update, and Biometric World.

Do I have to provide a credit card?

Verifying your location, photos, and social media accounts is 100% free, with no credit card required. For identity verification and sex offender registry clearance you will have to purchase a Gold membership.

Great, I’ve got my dating ID. What now?

When anyone searches for you, you will come up as a verified member rather than an unverified non-member. This will already give you an advantage because people know you’re real. Better still is to pick your username in profile URL, level up to Silver or Gold, and share it on dating apps. You can also watermark your photos and upload them to dating apps so that other users know you are legit. People who have done this are reporting getting more matches. And don’t forget to background check your dates. Always look up before you hook up!

Will you send me an ID card in the mail or via email?

No. What you will get instead is a free verification profile, 100% digital, that you can share with other legitimate online dating users. You’ll also gain the ability to easily background check your dates. Always look up before you hook up!

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About the Author

Remy Tennant

Remy Tennant

Founder, DateID

Remy’s a tech marketer, entrepreneur and serial online dater who founded DateID after going on one too many bad first dates. He’s been online dating on and off since 2005 and watched things gradually go downhill as online dating entered the mainstream. Remy believes that lies, deception, and lack of accountability are some of the roots of the problem, and that increased transparency is part of the solution.


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