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Here are the new identities: How much they change and what they will cost (photo)

The new regulation on enhancing the security of identity cardsand residence permits throughout the European Union was voted by the European Parliament  .

The new regulation will introduce minimum common safety standards that will make the new bulletins safe and reliable and come to fill any gaps left by the types of identities currently in circulation in the EU Member States . 
“In the future, all identity cards and residence documents issued in the EU should have the same minimum safety standards,” said Dimitris Avramopoulos, while welcoming him.

“This will help us identify and prevent terrorists and criminals from using fake identities and crossing our borders while safeguarding the rights and freedoms of our citizens, including their mobility,” he added. 
The security features of identity cards will be similar to those of passports, as both types of travel documents will now have a high security chip and intact application with the owner’s photo and fingerprints. Member States will begin issuing new identity cards in two years.

Identities currently in circulation and not in compliance with the new standards should be replaced within five or ten years, depending on their level of security. There will be an exception for ID cards whose holders are over 70 years of age.

The security features of identity cards will be aligned with passports, and both types of travel documents will now contain an extremely secure contactless chip with the photograph and fingerprints of the holder.


Member States will begin issuing new IDs in two years. Identity cards that are currently in circulation and do not comply with the new standards should be replaced within five or ten years, depending on their level of security. For ID cards whose holders are over 70 years of age, an exception will be provided.
The new rules do not oblige Member States to issue identity cards: it will remain at their discretion whether they will make them optional or mandatory or will not issue them at all. Member States can maintain national design features and eGovernment services. However, all new ID cards will have to comply with the new security standards. The proposal for this regulation must now be finally adopted by the Council.

On 17 April 2018, the Commission proposed, in the context of its actions towards a genuine and effective Union of Security, to improve the security features of identity cards for EU citizens and residence documents for family members of third-country nationals. “

As 80 million Europeans now have identity cards that are not mechanically readable without biometric identifiers, the aim of the proposal is to limit the use of forged and falsified documents that can also be used by terrorists and criminals to enter the EU from third countries.

According to information, the cost of new identities will be 7 euros plus the cost of the photographs.

Digital security specifications are divided into 7 zones:


Front View

Zone 1: Card Number 
Zone 2: Sex / Sex, Surname, First Name, Date of Birth, Citizenship 
Zone 3: Expiration Date, Card Access Number, Issuing Authority 
Zone 4: Holder Signature 
Zone 5: Photograph 
Rear view

Zone 6: Father’s name, Mother’s name, Place of birth, Date of issue, Blood group, Social Security Number, digital fingerprint 
Zone 7: Machine Readable Zone-MRZ 
In the new the ID of the Document (IDENTITY CARD), an ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) logo for a built-in RFID chip has been placed in the name of the Hellenic Republic.

The embedded electronic storage medium includes a photograph, owner data, owner’s height (after the age of 24), data required for eGovernment Services, registration office, registration number, place of issue. The type of identity card as described in the Joint Ministerial Decision is a format in accordance with the ICAO recommendations (International Civil Aviation Organization). Includes:

– Visual 
inspection zone – Mechanically readable zone 
– Integrated electronic storage medium according to ICAO standards for mechanically-readable travel documents

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