Its amazing to see the power of the internet and a good rant. It still blows my mind that RIM thought it was reasonable to ask developers to have their proof of identity notarized before allowing them to submit apps to App World. Piotr of BBNews.pl let us know that RIM has finally seen the light and is allowing developers to just submit a scanned front and back copy of any official government issued identification which shows your full name and date of birth. That is relatively reasonable right? I am just glad that somebody finally gave RIM legal the middle finger and said enough is enough.
Here is the email RIM is sending to App World developers who signed up but stopped half way through the process due to the annoying notary public requirement:
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.
§ 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: [email protected]
For further information and a complete list of Research In Motion’s
criteria for vendor acceptance, please visit