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Identity of citizens in India

Aadhaar Identity card
Proof of identity such as a passport, Aadhaar, ration card, PAN card, or driving licence is mandatory for issuing essentials such as electricity, water, mobile phone SIM cards, etc. Those without proof of identity can often not obtain such basics. Aadhaar is envisioned to be the only necessary and sufficient ID for obtaining a wide range of services. While Aadhaar is practically mandatory for the aforementioned services, its legal status is uncertain as the matter is sub-judice under the Supreme Court of India.

Identity of citizens in all countries except India

Afghan identity card
The Tazkira is an electronic ID card.

Albanian Identity Card
The Letërnjoftimi is an electronic biometric ID card, compulsory upon 16 years old and costs 1200 lekë (€10).

بطاقة الهوية الوطنية/ Carte nationale d’identité
Algerian National Identity card
The Algerian national identity card is an electronic biometric ID card, compulsory for all Algerian nationals and costs 2500 Algerian Dinar.

No national identity card in the principality. Passports and driving licenses are most commonly used for identification. When visiting France or Spain a passport is needed in lack of a national identity card, although driving licenses are often used and accepted unofficially.

Bilhete de identidade de cidadão nacional
national citizen identity card
The Angolan national identity is compulsory. It contains the person's name, date of birth, date and place of issue, validity, affiliation, photo, Marital status, fingerprint of the citizen's right indicator, a signature and address. Nevertheless, more than 12 million Angolans do not possess a national identity card.

Antigua & Barbuda
Electoral National Identification card
The Antiguan and Barbudan national identity card is compulsory for voting as well as for different government transactions.

Documento Nacional de Identidad DNI
National Identity Card
The Documento Nacional de Identidad (DNI) is issued at a person's birth, and updated at 8 and 14 years of age, and thereafter renewed every fifteen years.[4] For many years, the DNI was issued as a small booklet (libreta). In 2009, the DNI was revamped and digitalized; and booklets were issued along with a card (tarjeta) simultaneously. Since 2012, DNIs are issued only in card format, and starting in 2015, they'll have a chip with information of the holder and NFC payment. The new DNI card is required to obtain a new Argentine Passport and there are penalties if they aren't renewed in time.


In 1985, there was a failed proposal to create an Australia Card. In 2006 the Australian Government announced the introduction of a non-compulsory Access Card that would act as a gateway to services administered by The Department of Human Services. This project, however, was terminated in November 2007. Class A identification documents in most Australian states include State government, Australian Passport (issued by the Federal government), foreign passport, or Residency/Citizenship documents (issued by the Federal government).

Austrian identity card

Şəxsiyyət vəsiqəsi
Azerbaijan Identity Card
The Şəxsiyyət vəsiqəsi is an ID card, compulsory upon 16 years old and costs 5 manats (€2,5). It is not compulsory to carry it at all time.

No national identity card. Plans for introducing new identity cards were established in 2013, however no progress has been made so far.

Central Popular Registration CPR
Central Population Register (CPR) is a nine digit (all numeric) identification number which is also called as personal number issued for all the residents living in Bahrain. In order to avail basic or any services, carry out financial transactions one must have CPR.

National identity card NID-Card
জাতীয় পরিচয়পত্র
National ID card is compulsory for all citizens at the age of 18. All Bangladeshis are issued with an NID Card which can be used to obtain a passport, Driving Licence, credit card, and to register land ownership.

Optional, although compulsory for voting and other government transactions.

Нацыянальная ідэнтыфікацыйная карта
Belarus national identity card since 2020
Belarus has combined the international passport and the internal passport into one document. It follows the international passport convention but has extra pages for domestic use. The Belarusian passport is compulsory at 14. Reissued every 10 years. Could be issued before 14 for travelling purposes. New biometric Identity cards are planned to be rolled out in 2020.

Identiteitskaart / Carte d’Identité / Personalausweis
Identity Card
The card is first issued at age 12, compulsory by 15. Since the beginning of 2005 the eID (electronic IDentity card) has been issued to Belgian citizens who apply for a new identity card. Apart from being a form of identification, the card also is used for authentication purposes. Future usages include using the eID as a library card, keycard for restricted areas or chatrooms and the digital signing of documents. It is expected that in 2009 all Belgians will have an eID card.They have to be carried at all times.

Called the "Identification Card R.R". Optional, although compulsory for voting and other government transactions. Available also for any Commonwealth country citizen who has lived in Belize for a year without leaving and been at least 2 months in an area where the person has been registered in.

Carte nationale d'identité
National identity card
Compulsory. Biometric since 2016.

Bhutan citizenship card
The Bhutanese national identity card is an electronic ID card, compulsory for all Bhutanese nationals and costs 100 Bhutanese ngultrum.

Cédula de Identidad Identity Card
Compulsory at 18, but rarely required by police.

Bosnia And Herzegovina
Lična Karta / Osobna iskaznica
Identity Card
Compulsory at 16 and is to be carried at all times after turning 18.

National Identity Card
It is compulsory for all citizens at age 16, and there are penalties for not obtaining it within one month of turning 16 or obtaining citizenship, whichever comes last. Includes the image of the individual (no headgear or eyewear), their particulars, and their right thumbprint. Valid for 10 years, whereupon it must be renewed and a new photograph taken. Must be presented upon request by any agent of the state, and the state requires all non-state institutions to use the national ID card as the only acceptable means of identification for citizens - passports and driver's licences should not be used, even though they contain most of the information on the ID card, including the ID card number. There are penalties for being issued a replacement card when it has been lost, however, if it is changed to update information on it only the application fee must be paid (e.g., upon expiry, and legal name changes as when a woman gets married and assumes her husband's surname). Every time a new one is issued for whatever reason, a new photograph must be taken. The individual keeps their national ID card number for life, and in recent years it has been linked to the birth certificate number of newborn infants (it is the same number). The national ID card must be surrendered to the government upon the demise of the individual, at which time it will be exchanged for an official death certificate.

Cédula de Identidade
Identity Card
Compulsory to be issued since the age of 18 (though it can be substituted by a series of equivalent documents, see below). It is usually issued, for civilians, by the secretariat of public security of each unit of the federation, but other – including the Armed Forces, the Police and some professional councils – can issue alternate identity cards, too. All must meet certain specifications – they are all coloured green – but each unit of the federation can include minor differences such as the numbering scheme, font, printed seal, and background pattern.
The card's front has the bearer's picture (with an electronic stamp on it) and right thumb print. It also includes either the bearer's signature or – if the bearer is illiterate – the phrase "cannot sign" (não assina) The verso has the unique number assigned the bearer (registro geral or RG), the bearer's full name, parents' names, birthplace (locality and federation unit), birth date, and CPF number. It may include some additional information. It is officially 102 × 68 mm, but lamination tends to make it slightly larger than the ISO/IEC 7810 ID-2 standard of 105 × 74 mm, so it is a tight fit in most wallets. A driver's licence has only recently been given the same legal status as the national identity card. In most situations, only a few other documents can be substituted for a national identity card: for example, identification documents issued by national councils of professionals.

Kad Pengenalan
National Identity Card
Compulsory for all citizens at the age of 12.

Лична карта
Identity Card
First issued and is compulsory after turning the age of 14. The new Bulgarian ID cards were introduced in 1999. They follow the general pattern in the EU and replaced the old, Soviet-style "internal passports", also known as "green passports". Since 2007, the Bulgarian identity card can be used to travel within the European Union. Since 29 March 2010[13] new Bulgarian identity cards were introduced with embedded chip with personal data.

Burkina Faso
Carte d'Identité Nationale Burkinabè CNIB
Burkinabé National Identity Card
National Identity Card compulsory at the age of 15 and valid for 10 years.

Carte Nationale d'Identité CNI
National Identity Card
National Identity Card compulsory. Valid for international travel within the East African Community.

Cabo Verde
Cartão nacional de identificação
Cape Verde national identity card
The Cape Verdian national identity card (referred as “Citizen Card”) is an electronic biometric ID card, compulsory for all Cape Verdian nationals. The card format is identical to the Portuguese Citizen card, with information displayed in both Portuguese and English and is made by the same company, also in Portugal. New biometric identity cards are being issued since 2018, replacing the format paper (similar to the old Portuguese identity card) which was issued since 1957.

Khmer Identity Card
Compulsory and biometric since 2011

Carte nationale d'identité / national identity card
Optional, although compulsory for voting, acquisition of both passports and driving licenses and for certain government transactions.

In the past, Canadian citizenship cards were issued to new Canadians upon naturalization and established Canadians (upon request). As of 2012 these cards have been discontinued, and there is no national identity card or equivalent. Driver's licenses issued by the provinces are the primary form of identification. All provinces and territories except Quebec also issue separate photo identification cards for non-drivers. Health cards (issued by the provinces) and passports (issued by the Canadian federal government) are used as supplemental or alternative identification.

Central African Republic
Carte nationale d'identité National identity card

Carte nationale d'identité National Identity Card
Compulsory with a price of 10.000 CFA.

Cédula de Identidad Identity card
Normally this is first issued at age 2 or 3, but it can be issued whenever the parents request its issue. It is compulsory at 18, when it has to be carried at all times.

Resident Identity Card 居民身份证
Normally this is first issued at school age, but it can be issued whenever the parents request its issue.

Cédula de Ciudadanía Identity card
Registro Civil de Nacimiento (Birth record) issued when the parents register the newborn. Tarjeta de identidad is issued at age of 7. From 26 June 2013, is available the new format (coloured blue) with biometric features. The previous format (coloured pink) is still valid until the minor reaches 14, when he or she has to request the new blue format. Cédula de Ciudadanía is compulsory at the age of 18, and from 31 July 2010, the only valid format is the yellow one. It has to be carried at all times and must be presented to police or the military upon their request.

Carte nationale d’identité Comoros national identity card
The Comorian national identity card is an ID card, compulsory for all Comorian nationals. Biometric since January 2018.

Carte nationale d'identité national identity card
Compulsory at the age of 18.

Costa Rica
Cédula de identidad Costa Rica
Every citizen immediately must carry an ID card after turning 18.

Osobna iskaznica Personal card
The Croatian identity card is compulsory for citizens of Croatia who have a permanent residence in Croatia and are at least 16 years old. By law, it must to be carried at all times.

Carnet de identidad Identity card

Greek: Δελτίο Ταυτότητας
Turkish: Kimlik Kartı Identity card
Compulsory at 12.

Czech Republic
Občanský Průkaz Civil card
Compulsory at 15.

Democratic Republic Of The Congo
No national identity card. When needed, e.g. in banks, a passport or driver's license is used for age checks or in public administrations. Nevertheless, a new biometric national identity card will be soon released.

Official secure identity cards are issued since 2017, not following EU standard for national identity cards. Before that a simple age check card was available. Most people use drivers's licence for identification. Against authorities a health insurance card (without photo) should be used.



Carte nationale d'identité/ بطاقة الهوية الوطنية national identity card Compulsory for all Djiboutians. Electronic since 2014.



The Dominica national multpurpose identitification card is optional for all Dominiquais nationals and is valid for international travel within OECS countries.

Dominican Republic


Cédula de Identidad y Electoral CIE Personality Verification Card
If needed, an underage ID card may be obtained at the age of 16, yet the official ID (which will allow the individual to vote) is obtained at 18.



Cédula de Identidad National identity card
Every citizen over 18 years must have a national identity card. The renewal of the card is $10.00.



بطاقة تحقيق الشخصية Personality Verification Card
The Personality Verification Card is compulsory at the age of 16. Issued by the Civil Registry Office which is subordinate to the Ministry of Interior. Not carrying the ID card is only penalised by fine not exceeding 200 EGP.

El Salvador


Documento Único de Identidad Unique Identity Document
Every citizen 18 years or older must carry this ID card.

Equatorial Guinea


Documento de Identidad Personal Personal Identity Document Compulsory to all citizens.



ብሄራዊ መታወቂያ ካርድ National identity card
Compulsory for all Eritrean citizens. New version rolled out in 2014.



Isikutunnistus Identity card
Compulsory by law, but there is no penalty for not having one. Many electronic services are available (legally binding digital signatures, internet banking, internet voting, strong authentication to government and private websites). Citizens carrying ID cards are not required to carry drivers licence and registration.



National ID card
Compulsory for all Swazi citizens.



ብሄራዊ መታወቂያ ካርድ National Identity Card
Compulsory to all Ethiopian citizens.



In 2010 and 2012, there were proposals for a compulsory identity card ideas that did not progress. However, national voter's ID card (electronic since 2017) are available upon request and compulsory for certain governmental transactions (e.g.: voting).



A national identity card exists, usable all over the EU and a number of other countries, but commonly people use their driving licences or national social security cards as ID.



The country has had a national ID card since 1940, when it helped the Vichy authorities identify 76,000 for deportation as part of the Holocaust. In the past, identity cards were compulsory, had to be updated each year in case of change of residence and were valid for 10 years, and their renewal required paying a fee. In addition to the face photograph, the card included the family name, first names, date and place of birth, and a unique national identity number relating to the national INSEE registry, which is also used as the national service registration number, and as the Social Security account number for health and retirement benefits. Later,[when?] the laws were changed[citation needed] so that any official and certified document (even if expired and possibly unusable abroad) with a photograph and a name on it, issued by a public administration or enterprise (such as a rail transport card, student card, driving licence or passport) could be used as proof of identity.[109] Also, law enforcement can now accept photocopies of these documents[citation needed] when performing identity checks, provided that the original document is presented within two weeks.[citation needed] For financial transactions, any of these documents must be equally accepted as proof of identity.[citation needed] Identity cards are still issued, but are free of charge, and not compulsory. Legislation has been published for a proposed compulsory biometric card system, which has been widely criticised, among others by the "National commission for computing and liberties" (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés, CNIL), the national authority and regulator on computing systems and databases. Identity cards issued since 2004 include basic biometric information (a digitized fingerprint record, a printed digital photograph and a scanned signature) and various anti-fraud systems embedded within the laminated card. The French health insurance card, a smart card named "Carte Vitale 2", includes a digital photograph and other personal medical information in addition to identity elements. The previous version included a chip and a magnetic stripe, but contained very little information.



Carte Nationale d'identité National Identity card



Gambian National Identity Card
All Gambian citizens 18 years or older are required to hold a Gambian National ID Card.



ეროვნული პირადობის მოწმობა National identity card
Compulsory for Georgian citizens after turning 14 (within 6 months). Valid for international travel to Turkey.



Personalausweis Identity Card
Compulsory for all German citizens aged 16 or older to possess either a "Personalausweis" (identity card) or a passport, but not to carry it. While police officers and some other officials have a right to demand to see one of those documents, the law does not state that one is obliged to submit the document immediately. Fines may only be applied if an identity card or passport is not possessed at all, if the document is expired or if one explicitly refuses to show ID to the police. If one is unable to produce an ID card or passport (or any other form of credible identification) during a police control, one can (in theory) be brought to the next police post and detained for a maximum of 12 hours, or until positive identification is possible. However, this measure is only applied if the police have reasonable grounds to believe the person detained has committed an offence.
As driving licences are not legally accepted forms of identification in Germany, most persons actually carry their "Personalausweis" with them. more



Ghana Card
Compulsory for Ghanaian citizens above 16.



Αστυνομική Ταυτότητα Police Identity Card
In Greece, the biggest change in Identity Documents Law happened in 2000, when some fields of the Police Identity Card (as Greeks call it) were rejected. These fields included religion, addresses, biometric characteristics and fingerprint. Oppositely, some fields were added. These are Latin transliterations of name and surname, blood type and Rhesus of the owner. Under this law, all Greeks over 12 years old must go to a police office to ask for an Identity Card. In Greece, there are many everyday things you cannot do without an ID. In fact, according to an older law, the Police ID is the only legal identity document and no one has a right to ask for more identity documents. Since the 1980s all legal services in Greece must be done with this ID. Also, you can travel within the EU with a Greek national ID card, but it is not advisable since travelling with ID without machine readable zone often causes delay at border controls. Carrying the ID is not compulsory; however during routine police checks, if you are found without an ID, the police officer may take you to the nearest police station for further investigation.



Documento Personal de Identificación National Identity Document
Identity cards are issued to any Guatemalan and legal residents. For children between 0 and 12 years the document is golden shaded; between 13 and 17 years the document is silvered.Documents for Guatemalan citizens are blue and for legal residents are red.
Guatemalan constitution requires personal identification via documentation, person rooting or the government. If the person cannot be identified may be sent to a judge until identification is provided.



Carte nationale d'identité National identity card
Compulsory with a price of 100.000/150.000 CFA.

Guinea Bissau


Bilhete de identidade CEDEAO CEDEAO national identity card
Biometric since 2018, with a price of 10,000 CFA.



Guyana national identity card
The Guyanese national identity card is an electronic ID card, compulsory for all Guyanese nationals.



Kat Identifikatsyon Natsyonal / Carte nationale d’identité National identity card



Cédula de identidad national identity card
The Honduran national identity card is an electronic ID card, compulsory for all Honduran nationals at the age of 18.

Hong Kong (SAR)


Hong Kong Identity Card (HKID)
Identity cards have been used since 1949, and been compulsory since 1980. Children are required to obtain their first identity card at age 11, and must change to an adult identity card at age 18.
Police officers have an absolute right to require every person aged 15 or above on public premises to produce their HKID or valid passport for inspection; failure to produce such photo ID constitutes an offence in law.



Személyi igazolvány Identity card
It is compulsory to possess an ID or passport from the age of 14. A driving license can be also used for identification from the age of 17. Private entities however, are legally required to accept passport or driver's licence for proof, but often do not accept them, only the ID card, thus in effect almost all citizens have the ID card. Police has the legal power to stop people on streets at random and ask for ID paper only if they have any proof that the person was involved in a crime, or is a witness. If the person has no proof for identification he/she can be detained for maximum 24 hours. It is a common misconce



The National Register of Persons (Þjóðskrá) issues national identity cards (Nafnskírteini) to citizens aged 14 or over. They do not state citizenship and are not usable outside the Nordic passport union. People in Iceland are required to present identification if asked by police, but driving licenses and various other ID cards are acceptable as well as the identity card.



Aadhaar Identity card
Proof of identity such as a passport, Aadhaar, ration card, PAN card, or driving licence is mandatory for issuing essentials such as electricity, water, mobile phone SIM cards, etc. Those without proof of identity can often not obtain such basics. Aadhaar is envisioned to be the only necessary and sufficient ID for obtaining a wide range of services. While Aadhaar is practically mandatory for the aforementioned services, its legal status is uncertain as the matter is sub-judice under the Supreme Court of India.



Kartu Tanda Penduduk - KTP Resident Identification Card
The card is issued to Indonesian citizens and foreign nationals with permanent residence in the Republic of Indonesia. Possession of KTP is compulsory for residents whose age is 17 or older, and residents who is married before the age of 17. The electronic version (e-KTP) is valid indefinitely, unless the data recorded on the card has changed (e.g. address, marital status, etc.).



کارت شناسائی ملی National Identity card
The Iranian national identity card is compulsory for citizens and permanent residents, aged 15 and over.



Iraq National Card
البطاقة الوطنية Arabic
كارتى نيشتيمانى Kurdish
The National Card is an electronic biometric ID card, compulsory for all Iraqi citizens starting in 2016 and costs 5,000 dinars.



The Irish Passport Card is usable for a national identification and travel within most of Europe (including countries like Georgia and Moldova). Most people prefer the more traditional documents[citation needed], the driver's licence since it is needed for driving, and the passport for travel. A Public Services Card was introduced in recent years to access Department of Social Protection services.



Teudat Zehut
תעודת זהות Hebrew
بطاقة هوية Arabic
The Teudat Zehut is first issued at age 16 and is compulsory by 18.



The Italian electronic identity card may be issued to anyone resident in Italy and to Italian citizens living abroad. A card issued to an Italian citizen is accepted in lieu of a passport in all Europe (except in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine) and in Turkey, Georgia, Egypt and Tunisia. It is not compulsory to have it or to carry it, unless expressly ordered by public security authorities. The fact that most people in Italy still carry the old form of ID without machine readable zones issued until 2018, often causes delays at border controls. Price is €22.21

Ivory Coast


Carte Nationale d'Identité CNI National Identity Card
Compulsory at the age of 15.



Optional, although compulsory for voting and other government transactions.



There is an optional Juki Net (住基ネット, Jūki netto) card for Japanese citizens, corresponding to the compulsory Jūminhyō (住民票) record of residential address. The compulsory Certificate of Alien Registration (外国人登録証明書, Gaikokujin Tōroku Shōmeisho) that all resident foreigners were required to have is being replaced with a resident's ID card that is essentially the same as the Juki Net card, and resident foreigners are now registered in Jūminhyō, together with Japanese family (if any). Foreigners who enter the country on a visa that is valid for 3 months or less need only a passport with a valid landing permit. Driving licenses, National Health Insurance Cards (国民健康保険証, Kokumin Kenkō Hoken Shō), Certificates of Alien Registration (or the new resident's ID card that replaces it) and passports containing a registration for a Certificate for Alien Registration are accepted as IDs for most purposes. Health insurance cards do not have a photograph of their owner.



بطاقة شخصية Personal card
First issued at age 16 and is compulsory by 18.



Жеке қуәлік identity card
Сompulsory at 16.



All citizens and permanent residents are issued a national identification card at age 18. ID cards are the most common forms of identification, although passports can also be used interchangeably in most instances. As of Autumn 2019 there is a new National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS) – better known as Huduma Namba, which has caused controversy.



No national identity card, however the I-Kiribati government is planning to introduce national ID cards in the near future.



بطاقة المدنية Loosely translated to civil card
All residents of Kuwait must have a Civil ID card. The parents of newborns should apply for registration of the child within 60 days after birth. An expatriate must apply for a civil ID card within 30 days of getting his residency.



Инсандык карта National identity card
Compulsory at 16. Biometric since 2018.



ບັດປະຈຳຕົວ identity card
There is a compulsory identity document issued in Laos. The document is issued by the police on behalf of the Ministry of Home Affairs and is the main form of identification on the territory of the Lao P.D.R . All Laotian are obliged by law to carry their identity cards with them at all times and are subject to fines should they not, all Laotian nationals must hold the new magnetic Identification Card. Biometric. Distribution of national ID cards started in 2015 and the card is compulsory for all national citizens aged 16 and above.



Personas apliecība identity card
An identity card or passport is the mandatory personal identification document for a citizen of Latvia or a non-citizen who lives in Latvia and has reached 18.



بطاقة هوية identity card
There is a compulsory identity document issued in Lebanon. The document is issued by the police on behalf of the Ministry of Interior and is the main form of identification on the territory of the Republic of Lebanon. All Lebanese are obliged by law to carry their identity cards with them at all times and are subject to fines should they not. As of 30 June 2006, all Lebanese nationals must hold the new magnetic Identification Card.



National ID card
Compulsory for all national citizens. ID cards were implemented in 2013.



National identification card
New biometric national identity card have been rolled out in the late 2017.



No national identity card, however no precise information is found regarding identity documents in the State of Libya.



The Principality of Liechtenstein has a voluntary ID card system for citizens, the Identitätskarte.



Asmens tapatybės kortelė Identity card.
Passport or Identity card is compulsory at age 16.


Carte nationale d'identité / Personalausweis / National Identitéitskaart National identity card
First issued at age 15 and only issued to Luxembourg citizens, who are required by law to carry it at all times.

Macau (SAR)


Bilhete de Identidade de Residente Resident Identity Card
It is compulsory for all Macau residents at the age of 5.



Kara-panondrom-pirenena / Carte nationale d'identité de citoyen malagasy
Possession is compulsory for Malagasy citizens from age 18 (by decree 78-277 (3 Oct 1978)).



National Identification card Chipaso cha Nzika
Biometric. Distribution of national ID cards started in 2017 and the card is compulsory for all national citizens aged 16 and above.



Issued at age 12, and updated at 18. MyPR for Permanent Resident. MyKas for temporary residents. Non-compulsory MyKid before age of 12. MyKad and MyPR must be carried at all times. Cards are differentiated by colour. MyKad is blue, MyPr is red and MyKas is green.



Passport Card
New biometric credit-sized passport cards replaced both driving licenses, health insurance cards and certain types of credit cards. They are compulsory for acquiring a passport book.



Carte nationale d'identité NINA NINA National identity card
Compulsory to all Malian citizens.



Karta tal-Identità / Identity card
Issued at 14, updated at 16, compulsory at 18.

Marshall Islands


No national identity card in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.



بطاقة الهوية الوطنية / Carte nationale d’identité National Identity card
Compulsory at 15. Biometric since 2013, with information displayed in Arabic, French and English



National Identity Card
Every Mauritian citizen who has reached 18 years old has to apply for a National ID card, which is one of the few accepted forms of identification, including a passport.



The National Electorate Institute (Instituto Nacional Electoral, INE) issues Voting cards (credencial para votar) to Mexican citizens over 18 years of age. This card is required to participate in Federal level elections and while it is the de facto ID for most legal transactions, it is not mandatory to have one. Mexican minors, between the ages of 4 and 17, were able to get a personal ID card named cédula de identidad personal, but the government stopped issuing it in 2013. Both documents can be used to demonstrate Mexican nationality and thus enter Mexico from abroad, be it by air, sea or land.



National Identity cards, called “FSM Voters National Identity card”, are issued on an optional base, free of charge. The Identity Cards were introduced in 2005.



Monégasque identity card
Compulsory for all Monégasque citizens.



Монгол Улсын иргэний үнэмлэхийн хуудас Citizen Identity Card of Mongolia
The national identity card is compulsroy for all Mongol citizens. Electronic since 2012, with informations displayed both in Mongol and English.



Lična karta Лична карта, Identity card
Compulsory at the age of 16, but can be issued at 14 and has to be carried at all times after turning 18. It is issued only to Montenegrin citizens with permanent residence in Montenegro. While it is the most often used official identification document, three other hold the same status — Passport, Driver's licence and Refugee ID card. Old style IDs, that refer to the no longer existing states of SFRY or FRY, are not valid since 2011.



بطاقة التعريف الوطنية / Carte nationale d'identité National identification card
The national identity card is the ID of the citizens of Morocco (in Arabic : بطاقة التعريف الوطنية). This is an official document which allows any citizen to prove his identity and therefore it is valid, his Moroccan nationality. It is compulsory for all citizens aged over 18 years, but it can be obtained from the age of 16. A new version of the card is out, it has the form of a credit card. The Directorate General of National Security of Morocco announced it will issue a new electronic national identity card (NIEC) on 1 April 2008. The current national maps will be gradually replaced in four years. The NIEC is biometric and provides citizens of a birth certificate, residence certificate, extract of birth and citizenship certificates.



Bilhete de identidade Identity card



National Registration Card Identity Card
Myanmar citizens are required to have a National Registration Card (NRC), while non-citizens are given a Foreign Registration Card.



National ID card
Compulsory for all Namibia citizens. New identity cards replaced previous “SWA” IDs in 2016.



No national identity card.



राष्ट्रिय पहिचान कार्ड National Identity Card
New biometric cards rolled out in 2018. Information displayed in both English and Nepali.



Identiteitskaart Identity card
Although it is not compulsory to get an identity card, since 1 January 2005 it is compulsory to show identification, when an authorized officer asks for it, from the age of 14. An authorized officer can only do so under certain circumstances. Such circumstances include suspicious behaviour, committing any offence, or if a person is interviewed as a witness of a crime. Identity checks at events where the public order may be in danger are also allowed. Otherwise random identity checks by the police are not allowed in principle but can happen in certain areas such as a train station or suspicious areas such as where prostitution is rife, and a fine for not showing proof of identity may be successfully challenged in such cases. The fine for not being able to show proof of identity when legally required is €60 (16 and over) or €30 (if 14 or 15). Proof of identity is also required when opening a bank account and when entering an employment contract.

New Zealand


No national identity card. Acceptable types of identification for proof of identification may include passports, firearms licences, driving licences, 18+ cards (issued by Hospitality NZ), a SuperGold (senior citizen's) card, birth certificates or a citizenship certificate.



Carte nationale d'identité National identity card



National identity card Compulsory.
Electronic since 2013.

North Korea


"Identity Card", "Travel Pass" with specified destination of travel and written permission
North Korea is probably the country which imposes the strongest fines for citizens not carrying ID cards. To travel North Koreans need not only an identity card, but also a "travel pass", with specified destination and written permission. Sometimes citizens may be punished with time in a labour camp for not carrying their cards, however this is often only a short sentence and people are usually released upon presentation of the card at a later date. Although much is not known about the properties of the card, it is probably plastic and similar in size to most European ID cards. Between 2004 and 2008, all records were transferred to an electronic Korean-language central database. Obtaining a driving license in North Korea is not usual – except in the case of professional drivers, mechanics, and assistants – since few citizens own cars. Only government officials are issued passports because the state restricts citizens travel. North Koreans working abroad are issued contracts between North Korea and the host country to allow for travel, and government officers often accompany and supervise workers.

North Macedonia


Лична карта Identity card
Issued by the ministry of interior to citizens with permanent residence in North Macedonia. It is compulsory at the age of 18.



No national identity card, but private identity cards exist which are needed in banks if not using a passport or driving licence. Bank issued debit cards have had a photo of the holder on the back since the 1980s. The banks have stated that they no longer intend to issue photos on their debit and credit cards, as they think ID-cards should be a public service. This requires people who do not have a driving licence to bring their passport in many situations. Norway decided in 2007 to introduce a voluntary national identity card, to be usable for travel to EEA countries, but they are delayed and are planned to be introduced in 2020.The reason for the delay is that the responsible authority requires absolute security on both the cards and the validation of the identity at issuance.



بطاقة الهوية الوطنية Identity Card
Compulsory for citizens turning 15. Biometric since 2014 with information displayed in both Arabic and English.



Computerised National Identity Card
Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC). First made at the age of 18, not compulsory to carry all the time. The card is mandatory for opening bank accounts, for passport and almost all substantial monetary transactions from car, land to high-value assets.



No national identity card.



Cedula de Identidad National identity card
Cedula de Identidad. Required at 12 (cedula juvenil) and 18 years of age. Panamanian citizens must carry their Cedula at all times. New biometric national identity cards rolling out in 2019. The card must be renewed every 10 years (every 5 years for those under 18) and it can only be replaced 3 times (with each replacement costing more than the previous one) without requiring a background check, to confirm and verify that the card holder is not selling his or her identity to third parties for human trafficking or other criminal activities. All cards have QR, PDF417, and Code 128 barcodes. The QR Code holds all printed (on the front of the card) text information about the card holder, while the PDF417 barcode holds, in JPEG format encoded with Base64, an image of the fingerprint of the left index finger of the card holder. Panamanian biometric/electronic/machine readable ID cards are similar to biometric passports and current European/Czech national ID cards and have only a small PDF417 barcode, with a machine readable area, a contactless smart card RFID chip and golden contact pads similar to those found in smart card credit cards and SIM cards. The machine readable code contains all printed text information about the card holder (it replaces the QR Code) while both chips (the smart card chip is hidden under the golden contact pads) contain all personal information about the card holder along with a JPEG photo of the card holder, a JPEG photo with the card holder's signature, and another JPEG photo but with all 10 fingerprints of both hands of the card holder. Earlier cards used Code 16K and Code 49 barcodes with magnetic stripes.

Papua New Guinea


National identity card
E-National ID cards were rolled out in 2015.



Cédula de identidad civil Civil National Identity card
The Paraguayan national identity card is issued by the National Police and is compulsory for all citizens; with a cost of 8500 Paraguayan guaraní.



Documento Nacional de Identidad National Identity Card National Document of Identification or Documento Nacional de Identidad (DNI). Citizens can have a minor DNI but at the age of 17 they are encouraged to renew their DNI to get an Adult DNI. At 18, it is compulsory.



Pambansang Pagkakakilanlan
Philippine Identification Card
The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) ID also known as the Philippine identity card is issued to all Filipino citizens and resident alien in the Philippines. The pilot implementation will start in selected regions in 2018 and full implementation starting 2019.[68] The national ID card is compulsory and will harmonize existing government-initiated identification cards issued including the Unified Multi-Purpose ID issued to members of the Social Security System, Government Service Insurance System, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation. and the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund).



Dowód osobisty Identity card
At 18, Polish citizens with their permanent residence in Poland must obtain Polish National Identity Card, however at 13 years of age some form of identification is required. The ID Card is issued free of charge. Those who do not comply with the relevant law are subject to restriction of freedom (community sentence) for up to one month or a fine.[70] Pre-war Polish IDs were issued on-demand. Compulsory German ID cards (Kennkarte) were introduced during the Nazi-German occupation on 1939-10-26. Compulsory Polish IDs were introduced into Polish law in 1951.[71] In many circumstances, a Polish passport may be used as an equivalent form of identification. Polish citizens without their permanent residence in Poland may obtain the card at any issuing office in Poland. Residents of Poland who are not Polish citizens may use Polish government issued residence card, instead.[72] The oldest style of IDs, paper – similar to passports, is not valid since 2008-03-31. New style IDs issued after 2001 and before 2015 to people 65 years of age or older are valid indefinitely, otherwise the document is valid for ten years or five years (when issued under 18).



Cartão de Cidadão Citizen card
As of 2006 the government has issued the Cartão do Cidadão (Citizen Card). The older Bilhete de identidade which has been compulsory at 10, is still in limited use. All citizens starting at the age of 6 are required to obtain an identity card, but are not required to carry them. According to other sources it is required to carry them.



Qatari ID Card
As of 2014 the government has issued a Qatari ID Card to every Qatari citizen and resident over the age of 15. There are currently two types of cards in use, the smart card can be used to identify in government websites as well as for easier access to the country.

Republic of Moldova


Buletin de identitate Identity card
Compulsory at 16.



Carte de identitate identity card
The Carte de identitate is compulsory at 14.

Russian Federation


Internal passport of Russia
A Russian identity document is issued to any citizen on request at the age of 14 and reissued at ages 20 and 45. People may use other documents for identity as well (e.g., driver's license, passport).



Rwandan National Identity Card
Compulsory for all Rwandan citizens living in the country, with a price of 500 RWF. Valid for international travel to Kenya and Uganda.

Saint Kitts and Nevis


National Identity Card are optional. Issued since 2010.

Saint Lucia


Passport or Identity card is compulsory for all Saint Lucian citizens.

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines


National Identity Card



No national identity card, however the Samoan government is planning to introduce national ID cards in the near future.

San Marino


Carta di identità National Identity Card
Compulsory for all Sanmarinese citizens. Biometric and valid for international travel since 2016.

Sao Tome and Principe


Bilhete de identidade identity card
Compulsory. Issued since 2008.

Saudi Arabia


بطاقة الأحوال المدنية Bitaqat Al-Ahwal Al-Madaniya, Iqama or Bataka
Compulsory for men 17 and older and optional for teenage men aged 15–16. Optional for women but issued to women 18 and older.



Carte Nationale d'identité CEDEAO CEDEAO National Identity card
Compulsory for all citizens. Biometric since 2017.



Lična karta Лична карта Identity card
Compulsory for citizens 16 and older permanently residing in Serbia, and compulsory for non-citizens residing in Serbia. Optional for minors 10–15. Must be carried whenever in public. Although the identity card is the most commonly used identification document, three others will suffice: a passport, driver's licence, or refugee ID card. Cards referring to the former states SFRY and FRY were eliminated by the end of 2016.



National Identity card
Compulsory for all Seychelles citizens, with a cost of SR50.

Sierra Leone


Sierra Leone identity card
Compulsory for citizens and permanent residents with a price of 10,000 SLL every 5 years.



National Registration Identity Card
Compulsory for citizens and permanent residents 15 and older and must be renewed upon turning 30 and upon turning 55 if born after January 1962. The NRIC does not need to be carried at all times, and it need not be produced to police officers who are merely screening passers-by while on patrol. But it is sometimes necessary to produce one's NRIC: for example, when renewing one's passport, voting, and applying for public services. Notably, the NRIC includes the bearer's race, among typical demographic information.



Občiansky preukaz citizen card
Compulsory for citizens 15 and older and is used to identify the bearer in daily interaction with authorities. The citizen card includes the bearer's photograph, birth date, address, and unique number.



Osebna izkaznica identity card
Compulsory for citizens 18 and older who have a permanent residence in Slovenia but who do not have a passport.[84] Citizens younger than 18 may obtain an identity card with their parent's permission. It must be carried at all times.

Solomon Islands


"National Voter's Identity card" are optional upon request.



Warqadda Aqoonsiga identity card
Compulsory for all Somali citizens. Electronic since 2014.

South Africa


South African identity card
Compulsory for citizens 16 and older, and compulsory for all non-citizen permanent residents. The older form of Identity Document, in the form of a green booklet, began being phased out in 2013. Although passports and driver's licences are also acceptable forms of identification, banks only accept a national identity card. Your ID has a barcode, a photo, and a unique number. Demographic information including age and gender − but not race – is included, as is the bearer's criminal record, voting history, licence to drive, right to possess a firearm, and the like. A national identity card is necessary to obtain a passport, bank account, and driver's licence, and is also necessary to register to vote. Employers will typically photocopy a visitor's identity card to process her appointment. Because it is frequently necessary to produce a national identity card, many South African permanent resident carry their card at all times.
As of January 2019, South Africans citizens born outside of South Africa, as well as permanent residents, still cannot apply for the new ID card, nor access the online services of Home Affairs.

South Korea


주민등록증 Identity card
Compulsory for citizens 17 and older. This card contains the citizen's unique resident registration number, which is required for government and private business, for example, opening bank accounts and creating online accounts with web sites and gaming networks.
All citizens must submit and save their 10 fingerprints to the criminal database operated by National Police Agency and right thumb fingerprint to Ministry of Interior and Safety at the time of ID card application.



Documento Nacional de Identidad DNI; National identification document
Compulsory for anyone 14 and older and must be carried at all times. Minors younger than 14 can obtain a DNI, for example, to travel to other European countries. It is routinely used for identification and is often necessary to conduct public and private business. Many companies and government offices photocopy a bearer's DNI. Beginning in 2006, the DNI has been replaced by the DNI electrónico (electronic DNI). Since 2015, the National identity card became fully biometric, releasing yet again, a new design

Sri Lanka


National Identity Card
ජාතික හැඳුනුම්පත
தேசிய அடையாள அட்டை
All citizens over the age of 16 need to apply for a National Identity Card (NIC). Each NIC has a unique 10 digit number, in the format 000000000A (where 0 is a digit and A is a letter). The first two digits of the number are your year of birth (e.g., 88xxxxxxxx for someone born in 1988). The final letter is generally a V or X. An NIC number is required to apply for a passport (over 16), driving license (over 18) and to vote (over 18). In addition, all citizens are required to carry their NIC on them at all times as proof of identity, given the security situation in the country. NICs are not issued to non-citizens, but they too are required to carry some form of photo identification (such as a photocopy of their passport or foreign driving license) at all times.[94] In addition the Department of Post may issue an identity card with a validity of five years, this may be gained in lieu of an NIC if the latter is unable to be issued.



National identity card
Compulsory for all Sudanese citizens.



Identiteitskaart national identity card
Compulsory for all Surinamese citizens.



Having an identity card in Sweden is not mandatory, but it is needed in several situations, e.g. for bank services or when picking up a package at a post office.
Sweden has since 2005 issued EU standard national identity cards, but they are not compulsory and only obtainable by Swedish citizens, mostly intended to use for intra-Schengen area travel. The Swedish tax authority does since 2009 issue official identity cards for anyone resident in Sweden. Driver's licenses is the most commonly used identity document in Sweden. Between 2005 and 2009 it was almost impossible for immigrants to get a card because of tightened security to get a bank card, since a close family member having a Swedish identity document had to vouch the identity. Not having an ID card in combination with a crime giving a fine (e.g. riding public transport without a ticket), is a suspicion to escape it, which is a reason for detainment in Sweden.



The Swiss identity card is issued to any citizen. It is not mandatory to carry, but it or a passport is needed in some situations. Driver's licenses are not always valid as identity document as they don't expire and can be old.

Syrian Arab Republic


بطاقة الهوية الوطنية National ID card
Compulsory for all Syrian citizens. Must be uptained at the age of 14. Information displayed in Arabic only.



Корти миллии миллӣ national ID card
Compulsory for all Tajik citizens. Electronic, with informations displayed in both Tajik and English since 2015.



Optional, although compulsory certain civil (SIM cards) and government transactions.



บัตรประจำตัวประชาชน Thai national ID card
Compulsory for citizens who are 7 – 70 years of age. People older than 70 years and exempted citizen can still apply for a card. A fee of ฿100 is payable in case of loss, damage or information alteration.



Bilhete de Identidade Identity Card
Compulsory for all East Timorese citizens. Issued since 2018, with EU and Portuguese funds.



Optional to all Togolese nationals.



Tonga's National ID Card was first issued in 2010, and it is optional, along with the driver's licenses and passports. Either one of these are mandatory for to vote though. Applicants need to be 14 years of age or older to apply for a National ID Card.

Trinidad and Tobago


The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) is responsible for the issuing of National Identification Cards. A National Identification (ID) Card is issued to a citizen or eligible resident when they register to vote. The National ID Card is an electoral document used as proof of identity when voting. It is also accepted as a primary form of identification within Trinidad and Tobago, and can be obtained before voting age. Eligible for the card are citizens of Trinidad and Tobago of 15 years of age or older, and Commonwealth citizens 15 years of age or older who have resided legally in Trinidad and Tobago for at least one year immediately preceding the application. The National ID Card is valid for 10 years. It is not, however, mandatory when voting; other forms if ID, including passport or driver's permit, can be presented.



بطاقة التعريف الوطنية Tunisian National Identification Card
Compulsory for citizens 18 and older. A minor can obtain a national identity card with a parent's approval.



Nüfus Cüzdanı Identity card
Compulsory from birth and must be carried at all times. A photograph is optional until the bearer turns 15. It is often photocopied at government offices, banks, and the like.



No national identity card.


No national identity card.



National Identity Card
Compulsory for Ugandan citizens anywhere in the world, and compulsory for non-citizen permanent residents in Uganda.In April–August 2014 the government registered sixteen out of eighteen million citizens. In 2017 the government began a nationwide effort to register children. An identity card or identity number is required for all government services, including voting, as well as many private services—for example, opening bank accounts, buying insurance policies, transferring interests in real property.



Паспорт громадянина України Passport of Ukrainian citizen Compulsory for citizens 14 and older. Before 2016, the national identity card was a blue soft paper booklet like the typical international passport. In 2016, the government began issuing credit-card-sized biometric identity cards (a/k/a "internal passport" or "passport card") containing an RFID chip. The bearer's address is not printed on the card but is instead coded on the chip and can be accessed by any NFC compatible device. The card is printed in Ukrainian and English except for patronymic information that is only printed in Ukrainian. Cards last ten years before expiring, except that minors' identity cards must be renewed upon turning 18.

United Arab Emirates


بطاقة الهوية الوطنية National ID Card
Compulsory for residents.

United Kingdom


Compulsory identity cards were to be introduced under the Identity Cards Act 2006. Initial cards, not yet compulsory, were introduced for those who wanted them in 2009, but the requirement and the cards were abolished by the Identity Documents Act 2010 after a change of government, with no compensation for those who had paid for them.When a formal identity document is needed, a passport or a driving licence is used. For those who do not have—or wish to carry—a passport or driving licence, the UK Government has instituted the PASS scheme, which allows private companies to issue proof of age cards to UK residents, primarily for young people to prove age in the purchase of age-restricted goods and services.



Cédula de Identidad Identity card
Compulsory for citizens and residents except infants younger than 45 days.

United States Of America


The U.S. passport card is the de jure national identity card of the United States of America. The passport card is issued by the federal government via the Department of State upon voluntary request. The primary purpose of the passport card is used as a Federal issued Identity card and a limited travel document under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, similar to the usage of national identity cards in the Schengen Area. However, passport cards are also conclusive proof of U.S. citizenship under federal law, accepted for domestic airline travel under the REAL ID Act,[125] a List A document for Form I-9 purposes,[126] and generally proof of identity/citizenship both inside and outside the United States.[127] Despite this, the predominant and de facto method of identification remains the driver's license (or non-driver ID card) issued by each state, because driver's license is needed for driving, although these generally do not indicate citizenship or nationality.
In many US states a valid ID is required for voting purposes only. It can be various different types of ID including a US Passport Card or Passport Book. In the past, compulsory ID cards or something compulsory resembling ID cards have existed, such as internal passports for freed African Americans before the abolition of slavery, and the draft cards for men (during times when men were conscripted into the army). In some states, there is a Stop and identify statute meaning that an identity card (or driver's license or other photo ID) can be demanded. There is, however, no obligation to carry or own an identification card.

No national identity card, however the Uzbek government is planning to introduce national ID cards in the near future (counted from 2018).

National Identity Cards are being issued since October 2017. Plans for rolling out biometric cards are due for the late 2018.

Cédula de Identidad Identity card
Compulsory for anyone 10 and older, and it must be renewed every 10 years.

Giấy chứng minh nhân dân People's proof document
Compulsory for citizens 14 and older.

National Registration Card
Compulsory for citizens aged 16 and older. It is laminated and must be carried at all times. The national identity card for citizens is green having the last digit of 1, Blue in colour with 2 as the last digit for Commonwealth and Pink in colour with 3 as the last digit for other.

National Registration Card
Compulsory for citizens 16 and older. It is plastic and must be carried at all times.