IDs, biometric passports to be issued to citizens of Armenia beginning June 1

IDs, biometric passports to be issued to citizens of Armenia beginning June 1


In accordance with legislation passed last year, beginning June 1, 2012 citizens of Armenia will be enabled to get identification cards as documents certifying their identity and nationality within the territory of the republic.

Those who intend to leave the country will be able to also obtain a passport with biometric data as a travel document.

The identification card contains an electronic database, individual cryptographic keys, electronic digital signature and certificates for identity. A biometric passport is a combined paper and electronic passport that contains biometric information that can be used to authenticate the identity of travelers. In particular, biometric passports will contain the citizen’s name and last name, date and place of birth, photograph and two fingerprints.

The Police say the process is voluntary and it will be up to citizens to decide whether they want to switch to new IDs and passports or not.