Seamless solution to AML compliance

Monitor politically exposed persons (PEPs), and track risky behavior with adverse media and watchlist checks. Stay Anti Money Laundering (AML) compliant with KYC and a comprehensive customer due diligence program.

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  • 10,000+ 
data sources

    International sanctions, financial crimes and wanted lists in over 10,000 registers, across 190+ countries.

  • Real time monitoring and updates

    Registers monitored 24/7 ensuring all updates are accessible to you as soon as they become available.

  • Global scale, local focus

    Our tools are built to support local naming conventions across 15 languages for greater accuracy.

Syndicated customer due diligence

Screen new users quickly and accurately, all from one intuitive dashboard

  • Global Watchlists

    United Nations Security Council directives available on the Passbase platform. You’ll also get access to OFAC: DFAT: HM Treasury: OSFI: Fincen: FCA more.

  • Law Enforcement

    National police agencies & multi-national law enforcement including Europol, Interpol & FBI, syndicated on the Passbasse platform.

  • Regulatory Bodies

    Comply with the requirements of government bodies such as financial and securities commissions.

Sanction lists
  • EU consolidated
    List of Sanctions
    10 March 2017 – Present
  • OFAC SDN List 6 Jan 2012 – Present
  • HM Treasury Con. List 29 March 2012 – Present
  • Swiss SECO List 17 Feb 2016 – Present
  • 500+ additional lists
  • Cons. UN Security Council Sanction List 6 Jan 2012 – Present

John Smith

  • PEP Class 1
  • PEP Class 2
  • PEP Class 3
  • PEP Class 4
  • Date of Birth
  • Countries
  • Relatives

Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs)

Identify politically exposed persons including members of parliament, public company directors & their relations up to 18 months after they’ve held office.

Intuitive Workflow

Seamlessly integrate the findings with your internal systems to review potential matches and strengthen your identity verification program using.

  • Structured profiles
  • Syndicated database
  • RCAs enriched insight

Adverse Media

Adverse media syndicated on the Passbase platform in real time to identify and monitor potential risks prior to sanctions and regulatory enforcement actions.

  • Credible News Sources

    Information is only as good as its source in the age of false news. News sources are vetted for accuracy and veracity prior to inclusion in the anti money laundering compliance report.

  • Enriched Live Profiles

    We compile all adverse media you need into comprehensive and structured profiles to help your team succeed.


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Former fund manager John Smith arrested in relation to a $2bn fraud allegedly orchestrated by his firm that has been running for multiple years prior to [...]


"Passbase has significantly reduced the time and cost of our manual review process as we grow our user base, and it’s invaluable to us to have a partner that so strongly believes in individual privacy and data security"

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is AML compliance?

    Anti-money laundering (AML) compliance refers to the practices (a risk based approach to customer due diligence) applied by a business to satisfy regulatory requirements put in place and enforced by national governments to mitigate the use of money to finance terrorism, as well as prevent money made from criminal activity entering the economy.


    A sanction refers to the seizure, freezing of assets or inability to participate in economic development imposed on a specific person, a business entity or an entire country by the United Nations Security Council. Specific nation states may impose economic sanctions against other states to gain advantage - these are outide the U.N’s purview.

    • Global watchlists
    • Regulatory bodies
    • Law Enforcement agencies

    While doing business with a Politically Exposed Person isn’t risky in of itself, understanding the level of exposure and influence a PEP has on altering or influencing a financial transaction (including susceptibility to bribery) allows your business to make informed decsisons about the integrity with which a transaction is being initiated without exposing your business to corruption.

    • Structured profiles
    • Syndicated database
    • Real time updates
    • RCAs enriched insight
    Adverse Media

    Adverse Media relates to information published in credible news publications whether as part of traditional (newspapers), or new (blogs, newsletters...etc.) media on politically exposed persons, human trafficking & war crime trials by the International Criminal Court, as well as daily news on financial crimes and criminal behavior.

    • Credible news sources
    • Enriched live profiles
  • How does Passbase meet the Customer Due Diligence requirement of a risk based approach to compliance?

    A risk-based approach to compliance acknowledges that there are should be increasing checks based on the risk assessment of a potential customer. A risk-based approach refers to the process of applying reasonable measures to know your customer (KYC) based on the risk assessment level. For example, politically exposed persons (PEPs), will likely require enhanced due diligence and additional checks. Passbase enables you to use our Identity Auditor to easily turn on features such as ongoing monitoring, additional checks for adverse media, or database checks based on the customer.


    You can perform an identity verification at user onboarding to identify who your new customer is and use biometric authentication for future logins and transactions to quickly verify their identity again. We’re constantly expanding our database and now already support over 6000 government issued documents from all over the world.


    Our AML compliance program covers regulatons in over 190 countries. These include: the 6th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (6AMLD) in the European Union, the Patriot Act of 2001 in the United States and across supervisory authorities such as the SEC, World Bank, Interpol, U.N and OFAC’s published registers.

  • Why do companies need Customer Due Diligence?

    Customer due diligence began in the financial sector to reduce money laundering and fraud. Companies initially introduced customer due diligence based on regulations, such as the 6th AMLD in the EU and the Patriot Act in the US. However, performing customer due diligence today helps any business know who their customers are to reduce the risk of fraud and serving bad actors.


    AML compliance began in the financial sector and has since expanded to other industries depending on the market. For example, this can include legal, accounting and real estate firms. Increasingly crypto and digital asset service providers are required to perform KYC checks to meet AML compliance requirements.


    Heavy fines have been applied to financial institutions that did not take measures to reasonably prevent criminal behavior before it happens. CDD provides peace of mind that you can reasonably expect to be doing business with someone trustworthy, or provide context for determining and mitigating risks where they arise without losing capital, assets or compromising the integrity of your business.

    • Fraud reduction
    • Increase platform trust
    • Compliance with regulations
    • Avoidance of heavy fines
    • Increased platform security
  • What regulations are covered by the Passbase AML compliance program?

    The Passbase AML compliance program covers regulations in over 190 countries. These include: the EU's 6th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (6AMLD) and Patriot Act of 2001 in the United States, amongst others. Sanctions enacted by the United Nations Security Council are only valid when entered into law as required of all G-20 countries. Official, published registers of these enactments by country & the U.N Security Council’s consolidated list are represented.

  • Which countries do you cover?

    We cover documents from over 190 countries. To date, our database features more than 6,000 documents including passports, drivers’ licenses, and national IDs. Passbase is also available in 14 languages and counting so that your users can have a localized experience during the verification process. See our list of accepted documents for details.

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Passbase is an identity verification solution that makes facial recognition, liveness detection, ID verification and KYC and AML compliance accessible through a suite of flexible developer tools. A zero-knowledge architecture ensures that companies using Passbase can securely verify users from over 190 countries without having to store their data. Built for developers, it can be integrated with just a few lines of code on iOS, Android, and Web.