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The Identity and Passport Service was established as an Executive Agency of the Home Office on 1 April 2006. The Agency builds on the strong foundations of the UK Passport Service (UKPS) to provide passport services and in the future, as part of the National Identity Scheme, ID cards for British and Irish nationals resident in the UK. Foreign nationals resident in the UK will also be included by linking the scheme to biometric immigration documents.
The development of the National Identity Scheme builds on the changes being made to passports to provide a secure and straightforward way to safeguard personal identities from misuse.