ID checking for the dead

Tracesmart has announced it is the only online ID check firm that has access to the UK Death Registration Information (DRI) from the UK's General Register Office.

The company is the first to exercise its right to this data under a government scheme designed to stamp out identity fraud involving deceased people's IDs, which started in January of this year.

According to Michael Trezise, the firm's managing director, the majority of businesses can be affected by the impersonation of the deceased fraud.

"As such we provide a variety of services which allow companies to protect themselves and consumers from this threat," he explained.

There are several other companies offering online ID checks, including Experian and, but Tracesmart is the only one - currently - that has access to the DRI database.

So now you know...