Verifiable Credentials

The W3C Verifiable Credentials Standard

A Digital Credential

A verifiable credential is a digital credential stored in a digital wallet. Like a physical credential, such as a drivers licence, or a university degree, you can use it to prove something. You could use a verifiable credential to prove you’re allowed to drive a car, or that you’re a qualified accountant.

What is a Verifiable Credential?

Verified as Authentic

A verifiable credential is obtained, stored and validated using a computer or smartphone. It’s “verifiable” because it can be digitally verified as authentic. Verification essentially works the same way as it does for a physical credential. It involves the organisation who issues the credential, the credential itself, and organisation verifying the credential.

Verified via Cryptographic Proof

An Industry Standard

The best part about verifiable credentials are that they’re lightweight, easy to use and an industry standard. They’re not tied to any company or technology platform. Because they’re an industry standard, it’s easy for organisations and service providers to recognise them.

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