# Creating an identity

First of all, let's define what an identity is inside the Commercio Network blockchain.

An identity is the method used inside the Commercio Network blockchain in order to identify documents' sender.

In order to create an identity, you simply have to create a Commercio Network address, which will have the following form:

did:com:<unique part>

In order to do so, you can use the CLI and execute the following command:

cncli keys add <key-name>

You will be required to set a password in order to safely store the key on your computer.


Please note that password will be later asked you when signing the transactions so be sure you remember it.

After inserting the password, you will be shown the mnemonic that can be used in order to import your account (and identity) into a wallet.

- name: jack
  type: local
  address: did:com:13jckgxmj3v8jpqdeq8zxwcyhv7gc3dzmrqqger
  pubkey: did:com:pub1addwnpepqfdl6s8hdwdya9zvn5wtx8ty3qsqqqd2ddvygc5zutnrryh5x9ju73jdfg8
  mnemonic: ""
  threshold: 0
  pubkeys: []

**Important** write this mnemonic phrase in a safe place.
It is the only way to recover your account if you ever forget your password.

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# Using an identity

Once you have created it, in order to start performing a transaction with your identity you firstly have to fund your identity. Each and every transaction on the blockchain has a cost, and to pay for it you have to have some tokens.
If you want to receive some tokens, please tell us inside our official Telegram group (opens new window) and we will send you some as soon as possible.