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A national ID card is issued by the state in several countries to have a legal way to identify the person for many purposes. Check some questions about national ID cards.

National ID's have long been advocated as a means to enhance national security, unmask potential terrorists, and guard against illegal immigrants. They are in use in many countries around the world including most European countries, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Currently, the United States and the United Kingdom have continued to debate the merits of adopting national ID cards.

There is no national identity card in the United States of America. All attempts to create one have not been realized due political disagreements over infringement of privacy. Identity cards in America are normally issued by a state, it holds a unique single civil identity for a person, thus linking that person's identity in relation to the state.

In UK, the introduction of the national ID card is being closely tied to the new British biometric passports, and both the cards and the associated database, the National Identity Register (NIR), are being managed by the Identity and Passport Service (formerly the United Kingdom Passport Service). The ID cards will record biometric data, including fingerprints, digitized facial scan and iris scan. Although much of the focus has been on the identity cards themselves, not least in the title of the identity cards bill, it is the National Identity Register database that is the key component.

New technologies could allow identity cards to contain biometric information, such as photographs, face, hand or iris measurements, or fingerprints. Electronic national ID cards or e-IDs are made available in some countries such as Estonia, Belgium or Spain. Digital national ID is similar to a normal government-issued identification card, except that it has an embedded microchip, storing approximately 32 kilobytes of memory as of the year, 2005. The advantages of a digital ID card are security, and the storing of various information pertaining to the individual.

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A national ID card

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EPIC - Information about National ID's and the REAL ID Act in US.

SMH - Australian news:- Official: national card due by 2010.

In some many countries (around 100), according to Privacy International (PI), national identity cards are compulsory. The term "compulsory" may have different meanings and implications in different countries. The compulsory character may apply only after a certain age. Often, a ticket can be given for being found without one's identification document, or in some cases a person may even be detained until the identity is ascertained. In practice, random controls are rare, except in police states. Some other countries have non-compulsory identity card schemes. These include Australia, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Iceland, Sweden and Switzerland.

In France there is national ID card since 1940, when it helped the Vichy authorities identify 76,000 for deportation as part of the Holocaust. 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 the national identity number managed by the national INSEE registry, and which is also used as the national service registration number, as the Social Security account number for health and retirement benefits, for access to court files and for tax purposes. Wikipedia

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