Wednesday 18 October 2017

Selfie-friendly Irish passport card wins international security award

Have selfie, will travel

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan launching the Irish Passport Card for use in 30 European Countries. Pic: MAXWELLS/JULIEN BEHAL.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan launching the Irish Passport Card for use in 30 European Countries. Pic: MAXWELLS/JULIEN BEHAL.
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Ireland's new passport card has won Best Regional ID Document at the High Security Printing Europe Conference.

The annual conference, which focuses on government-specified and issued documents, was held this week in Bucharest, Romania.

The Regional ID of the Year Award is one of only two awards presented at it every year, along with the Regional Banknote of the Year Award.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan welcomed the win as "a significant and well-deserved peer-acknowledgement", and said Ireland is at the cutting edge of technological and security developments in ID documentation.

Ireland's passport card was introduced last October. Adult holders of a valid Irish passport can order it online, or via a free app, for a fee of €35.

The card (below) has a maximum validity of five years, and is valid for entry to 30 EU countries, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

The new Irish Passport Card (sample).
The new Irish Passport Card (sample).

One of its features is the ability to upload a selfie – or “passport compliant photo taken on a mobile phone” - which appears on the ID.

17,500 of the cards have been issued in the five months since its launch.

Ireland was a joint-winner of the Best Regional ID Document award, along with Spain, for the latest version of its national ID system.

The new Irish passport was a previous winner in 2014.

Minister Flanagan congratulated all involved in the passport card's development, including Irish companies DLRS and Absolute Graphics of Bray, HID Ireland of Baile na hAbhainn and Purple Pod of Navan.

“I would like to take this opportunity to particularly encourage the many thousands of people who will be travelling to France for the Euro 2016 finals in June to consider applying for this very user-friendly card," he added.

Further info at dfa.ie/passportcard.

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