What is a Passport?


Just like in a physical world where a person can have a card for shopping, an identity card based on citizenship or a driver’s license card for driving, within Vereign, the idea of all these different cards is represented by the term passport. Similar to the different cards, a user can have different passports for different occasions. For example, one for interacting with friends or several for interacting with different government systems. By selecting a passport, a user selects a specific set of data, rights and keys to use.

The passport represents a connection endpoint for the users, known as entities, to interact and exchange information within the system. Another word which can be used to describe the notion of a passport is identity. As one entity can have many identities, it can also have many passports.

A single passport contains a specific list of claims that an entity has created. Only an entity of a type of person, asset or organisation can extend itself and have a passport. Furthermore, a passport can be extended with the ability to have documents and emails attached to it. Currently, passports don’t support documents.

To learn how to use your passports, refer to How Do I Manage My Passports.