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Register your interest in identity cards and the National Identity Service

The National Identity Service is creating more secure and convenient ways of proving your identity through biometric passports, national identity cards, and many other services. By registering your interest, you could become eligible to apply for an identity card.

Register your interest in applying for a national identity card

When you register your interest in the National Identity Service, you become eligible to apply for a national identity card.

However, to apply you must:

  • be 16 years old or older
  • hold a UK passport that was valid on or after 1 January 2009
  • live in the UK
  • be a British citizen

After you register, you will receive regular e-newsletters which will help you:

  • understand more about the National Identity Service
  • keep up to date with its progress
  • learn how you will be able to use an identity card and how it might benefit you
  • know when identity cards become available in your area, so that you can apply for one

The information you provide on registration will also be used by the Identity and Passport Service.

If you would like to know more about how your data will be used, stored or secured, more information can be found in the privacy statement linked below.

Getting an identity card

Like you, your identity card will be unique. It will feature your photograph and basic personal information on the front of the card. This information will also be contained on the card's chip together with two of your fingerprints.

Getting an identity card is as straightforward as applying for your first adult passport. Applications for ID cards are processed and managed in the same secure way that passport applications are handled.

In addition, if you are a British citizen you will be able to travel in Europe with your identity card without the need for a passport.

The government plans to focus on issuing identity cards (for a fee of £30) to those who will most benefit, particularly young people aged 16 and over.

British citizens who live and work in the north west of England can now book an appointment to enrol for an identity card.

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Protect your identity

How to protect yourself from identity theft - and what to do if it happens to you

Identity cards have arrived

Identity cards are now available to British citizens. Find out if you are eligible to apply

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