EU to introduce tighter security for ID cards

EU ambassadors have agreed with the European Council to improve security of EU identity cards and residence documents. A minimum standard will be introduced for information contained and the security features common to all Member States that issue them. The new ID cards will have a maximum ten years validity period for adults and five years for children under 12. The new rules will enter into force two years after adoption.

Changes to the ID card include:

• uniform production in credit card format

• a machine-readable zone

• following the International Civil Aviation Organisation minimum security standard

• the cardholder’s photo and two fingerprints

• a contactless chip to store information

The new rules are set out in a draft regulation proposed by the Commission on 17 April 2018.

Source: Press release: Better security for ID documents: Council agrees its position

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