# Non-normalised registry lookups
Signicat's registry lookup services allow you to validate data from your customers, both natural persons and organisations. In Signicat Enterprise, these services are not normalised, which means that the responses will vary in content and format depending on the specific service being used. Non-normalised registry lookups are being phased out, so we recommend that you integrate towards our normalised service if you are building a new integration. Normalised registry lookups are only available on Express; to read about them, refer to the Express documentation (opens new window).
# Overview of available lookup services
By clicking each link on the Name column, you can access more information about each service.
|Name||Country||Type of lookup|
|BankID AML||Norway||Person / Organisation|
|Bisnode (deprecated)||Several||Person / Organisation|
|KvK (Kamer van Koophandel)||The Netherlands||Organisation|
# BankID AML
BankID AML is aimed at companies that need to perform KYC (Know Your Customer) or AML (Anti-Money Laundering) checks towards natural persons or organisations in Norway.
Information about organisations can be retrieved in the context of a B2B customer due diligence process or when onboarding a business customer.
Information about natural persons can be retrieved in the context of a B2C or B2B customer due diligence process or as part of the customer onboarding process. In B2B contexts, information about natural persons is retrieved after obtaining information about the relevant roles within the organisation (e.g. board members, UBOs, CEO). This means that, after performing a B2B check on the organisation, a B2C check can be carried out on each of the natural persons that hold the relevant roles.
You can access the BankID AML service through the RetrievePersonInformation (opens new window) and RetrieveOrganizationInformation (opens new window) endpoints of the Signicat Express API. Additionally, you may also combine an authentication or signing process with a BankID AML lookup. For authentication, set the
include field to
resource.vipps_aml_person in the Create session endpoint. For signature, you have to set the
types field in
vippsAmlPerson in the Create signer endpoint.
For further information about BankID AML, refer to the Bank ID documentation (opens new window).
# Bisnode (deprecated)
There are several services which are provided through Bisnode. The following list summarises them:
- Bisnode ForetaksInfo search: This service allows you to obtain basic information from the business registry for organisations in Norway. For further information, refer to the Bisnode API documentation.
- Bisnode InfoRequest: This service allows you to obtain basic information from the business registry for organisations in Norway. For further information, refer to the Bisnode API documentation.
- Bisnode Personsøk: This service allows you to verify the addresses of natural persons in Norway. For further information, refer to the SWS documentation (opens new window).
Brønnøysund is the registry of businesses in Norway, so it allows you to look up basic information about Norwegian organisations (e.g. organisation number, name, address and website). For further information, refer to the Brønnøysund website (opens new window)
With Folkeregisteret, you can verify the address of natural persons in Norway. For further information, refer to the Folkeregisteret website (opens new window).
With Infotorg, you can obtain basic information about companies in Norway. Among this information is: the name of the company, its registration number, addresses, industry, legal form, activities, employees and registration date. For further information, refer to the Infotorg website (opens new window) (in Norwegian).
# Kamer van Koophandel (KvK)
The Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KvK, from Dutch “Kamer van Koophandel”) offers a lookup service that makes it possible to check if a specific natural person has a legal mandate that allows them to represent a specific organisation in the Netherlands. Through Signicat, this service is provided both on its own and as a plugin and in combination with iDIN, an eID method which is used to authenticate the person’s identity in the first place. KvK lookups can be used to expand the functionality of iDIN in a variety of situations; for instance, if a merchant needs to close a contract with another company, KvK can be used to verify that the person signing the contract has the legal right to do so.
One of the advantages of using KvK through Signicat is that, by integrating towards the Signicat Identity Platform, you will be able to use not just KvK, but also all the other lookups, eID methods and other services offered by Signicat. Additionally, since KvK is used in combination with iDIN, the likelihood of errors being introduced during the identity proofing process is lowered. However, the main advantage of using KvK through Signicat is that all the necessary verifications that must normally be done manually are automated. Since there are a lot of variables that can affect the outcome of the verification, automating this process is a great step towards improved efficiency.
KvK lookups can be very useful in B2B contexts. For instance, when a company is hired by another company to conduct accounting-related activities. In this sort of scenario, where contracts need to be signed, it is important to ensure that the person who signs has a relevant legal mandate. Using KvK through Signicat makes this process convenient for both parties, especially considering the complexity of the validation that must be carried out.
SurePay is a lookup service for the Netherlands which can be used during an identity proofing process to cross-check that a specific bank account is owned by the end-user. To know more about the service and how to use it, refer to the SurePay documentation.
# Trapets (deprecated)
Trapets is a lookup service that allows you to check whether a natural person is a PEP or on a sanction list. To know more about the service and how to use it, refer to the Trapets API documentation. For further information, refer to the Trapets website (opens new window).