Why Ontario Sports Betting Apps Ask For Driver’s License, Birthday

Written By Evan Scrimshaw on April 4, 2022
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With legal sports betting in Ontario launching April 4, some of the questions being asked are about Canada sportsbook ID verification requirements for users when they sign up for new accounts.

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What Are The Verification Methods?

Usually, the Canada sportsbook ID verification methods have been birthdays and some form of proof of residence – either in the form of a government-issued ID (namely, a Driver’s license), or either tax forms or utility bills with the relevant address and name on them.

These methods are in addition to an email, phone number (on some sites), and a connecting bank account or credit card to deposit funds from (and, ideally, withdraw profits into). All of this is the same as what Daily Fantasy operators require already, so anyone who has withdrawn funds from DraftKings or FanDuel’s DFS offerings will be aware of the requirements.

How Secure Is This Information?

Quite.

Think about the hypothetical world where these systems aren’t secure, and you see why they’ll zealously guard it.

Any operator who ever lost control of this information would immediately see a run on their funds, a total withdrawal of their existing stake of the betting market, and would lose all future business, not just in Canada but globally.

With the rise of legal sports betting in North America, the proprietors of these operators are trying to become international brands, with British and American books looking to become Canadian sportsbooks too. And with so many operators looming, the ones that will survive are the ones who can best serve their customers – and that means keeping their information safe.

There’s a reason DFS operators have managed to avoid issue in the near decade since that began – they have more incentive than anyone to keep this information under lock and key.

Are These Measures Necessary?

Governments fear the risk that could come from a botched rollout of online sports betting, and given that, they know that the biggest risk to the success of this scheme – and the tax revenue they are desperate for – is public trust being lost because of identity theft or operators letting underage bettors get access to the system.

These measures are similar to what governs Canadians playing DFS and online poker, and are on par with the measures that have underpinned (many parts of) the US’s successful launch of online sports betting in recent months and years.

This is just a standard part of using legal sports books, and also protects customers from any form of non-payment or denial of funds, the risk of which does exist in non-regulated markets.

There’s no evidence, either from the Canadian experience of DFS operators or from the American or British experience with legal sportsbetting, that there is any risk to their information, which should put some of the doubts at ease.

Identity verification measures may be a small nuisance, but they’re a necessary part of having a legal market with protections for both operators and customers. Whatever small hassle they provide is not nearly the size of the disaster that would come if operators didn’t insist on them, and it came out that underage players were getting access to their systems. This is the cost of a legal market, and legalization will be a boon for players.

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