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Since Airbnb needs its users to verify their ID by uploading a photo of their driver's license or passport, I'm in search for another service quite like Airbnb, but without this way of approving one's identity.

Can you recommend me some?

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    It doesn't sound like a good idea to run such a service. Alternatives are wimdu and 9flats. They probably also require you to identify yourself. – MastaBaba Jul 18 '15 at 22:24
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    It works the other way, it is hard for Airbnb to trust you without an ID! – Michael Hampton Jul 19 '15 at 2:25
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    I'm surprised this needs to be said: Very few individuals will be willing to rent out their place to someone who has not been verified beforehand. If you don't want to verify yourself, you are not too likely to find a place to stay through services where the majority does verify itself. – MastaBaba Jul 19 '15 at 3:10
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    I think you can consider Airbnb successful and large enough that you can be pretty sure their business model of brokering lodging is far more profitable than selling your personal data and losing everyone's trust. – helm Jul 19 '15 at 13:26
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    Craigslist would probably list a few places that don't require ID – zeocrash Aug 19 '15 at 11:54
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You have several options:

  1. Use Airbnb without a verified ID. While a lot of hosts require one explicitly, there are still some that don't ask for it. I've tested it myself by registering a brand new user profile - it's still possible to contact hosts and make reservations without an ID scan (or even a photo).

  2. Use an online service that doesn't verify IDs, such as VRBO or 9flats.

  3. Go the old-fashioned way and use a regular classifieds website, such as Craigslist. Countries outside the US usually have their own classifieds websites, so you'd have to do a bit of research for each region you're planning to visit.

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