RIM No Longer Requires Notary and Allows Devs to Scan and Send ID

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It looks like RIM is already moving to make the developer registration process easier because they have already began changing the requirements for submitting apps to App World. All of this is because of the rant posted by Jamie Murai, which is strange considering how much these issues have already been raised in the forums and on various blogs. If anything, RIM should take this as a cue to be more attentive to the forums and the needs of developers, rather than waiting for one blog post to go viral and blow up the issue.

Whereas developers used to have to fill out an identification form, take it to be notarized with government ID and then return it to RIM, this process is now greatly simplified. According to the email that RIM sends developers:

Previously we required Individuals to provide us with a notarized document to validate their identity. While this is still an option, we will now begin accepting a scanned copy (front and back) of any official Government Issued Identification. This document must clearly show your Full Name and Date of Birth.

Here is a copy of the email that RIM sends to developers:

Hello,

You are receiving this email because you have registered to become a BlackBerry App World Vendor, but never completed the process. There is only one step left to becoming a BlackBerry App World Vendor, and we have just simplified the process for Individuals.

Previously we required Individuals to provide us with a notarized document to validate their identity. While this is still an option, we will now begin accepting a scanned copy (front and back) of any official Government Issued Identification. This document must clearly show your Full Name and Date of Birth.

We hope this alternative option makes becoming a BlackBerry App World Vendor more accessible to anyone who may have been unable to provide us with a notarized document. Please see this and other options to complete the registration process.

If you are a Company:

  • Official documentation to validate your company information (ex. Articles of Incorporation, Business License etc).
  • If you are an Individual:

  • A copy (front and back) of an official Government Issued Identification, clearly showing your name and date of birth.
  • OR

  • The completed Notary Form attached. Anyone certified as a Notary can complete this for you (check your local listings).
  • Documentation can be returned by:

    Email: BlackBerryAppWorldRequests@rim.com

    OR

    Fax: 1-519-883-7724

    • Uhh

      ever occur to you that maybe this was already in the works before that blog was posted?