Socure Makes $70 Million Acquisition
  • Socure is acquiring automated identity verification solution provider Berbix for $70 million.
  • Socure has used Berbix’s technology to launch its Predictive Document Verification (DocV) 3.0 solution.
  • The new acquisition will also help Socure accelerate its international expansion.

Digital identity verification company Socure has acquired automated identity verification solution Berbix for $70 million. The deal marks the first-ever acquisition for Nevada-based Socure.

Founded in 2018, Berbix launched a document verification solution with a forensics engine that detects spoofed IDs – including AI-generated fake IDs. Socure will leverage this technology to accelerate its international expansion by providing global coverage of ICAO-compliant travel documents, passports, and national ID cards. 

“I’m extremely proud of what we built at Berbix to advance state-of-the-art document verification,” said Berbix CEO and co-founder Eric Levine. “Moving forward with Socure, we are able to multiply our impact on day one by leveraging our technology with Socure’s substantial customer base, reach, and reputation. Combining our independent investments in document verification is yielding stunning results – and we’re just getting started.”

Socure has already integrated Berbix’s technology into its own to launch its Predictive Document Verification (DocV) 3.0 solution. The new tool combines Berbix’s forensics engine and data extraction with Socure’s image capture app. The company has found that DocV 3.0 has been able to increase first-attempt auto approvals of good consumers by 26% and increase fraudulent document capture by 27%.

While DocV 3.0 is used within Socure’s integrated identity platform, it is also available as a standalone solution.

“DocV 3.0 represents a significant departure from legacy providers whose document verification models rely on simple template checks and rules to determine if a document is legitimate,” said Socure Founder and CEO Johnny Ayers. “Without running sophisticated fraud models on related personally identifiable information (PII), or pairing the documentary check with rich device, phone ownership, geolocation, and behavioral data, customers see far less accurate decisions, resulting in higher fraud and lower customer acceptance. This prohibits companies from using document verification solutions for high-risk onboarding, authentication, or transactions. It’s a real gap in how ID document verification can be used.”

Socure has more than 1,800+ customers across a range of industries. The company serves four of the top five banks, 13 of the top 15 card issuers, over 400 of the largest fintechs, and more. Among Socure’s customers are Chime, SoFi, Robinhood, Gusto, Poshmark, and the State of California. Since it was founded in 2012, the company has raised $742 million from the likes of Citi Ventures, Wells Fargo Strategic Capital, Capital One Ventures, Synchrony, and others.

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