- A resident or citizen age 16 years and over will be able to obtain a smart biometric ID card by personally appearing at a Population and Immigration Authority bureau, accompanied by a parent if they are married, or accompanied by both parents if they are not married.
- A citizen under the age of 18 who wishes to obtain a biometric travel document (passport or Laissez-passer), must personally appear at a Population and Immigration Authority bureau at the time of the application, accompanied by one parent if they are married, or accompanied by both parents if they are not married to each other. The presence of both parents is required, as is currently done when issuing a passport, to identify the applicant for the purpose of submitting the application, and for signing the letter of agreement.
- For applicants under the age of 12, only the process of photographing the facial features will be carried out, and fingerprints will not be scanned.
- In any case, biometric measures will not be taken from an applicant under the age of 18 who does not wish to do so.
The decision whether to replace the existing identification documentation with smart biometric documentation is based on the voluntary consent of the applicant. Those who do not choose smart biometric documentation during the trial period (the first two years from the beginning of the project) can continue to receive the currently accepted identification documents and their rights will not be denied.
Until March 1, 2017 you can choose between a regular ID card and an advanced and safe smart ID card that cannot be forged. From that date, smart ID cards, which includes biometric measures and data that are unique to each person, such as facial feature image and images of fingerprints from both forefingers, as a means of identification intended to prevent fraud and identity theft, will be required. The new ID card, one of the world’s most advanced, guarantees that no one except yourselves will be able to use your identity.
The smart ID card is made of material called “polycarbonate” that gives it flexibility and durability under extreme conditions. Its size is similar to that of a credit card and it contains many overt and covert security measures that cannot be forged. When you receive the smart ID card you will also receive a personal password, and using a card reader you can quickly and easily perform online various activities on the websites of various government institutions, directly from home or from your PC. The smart ID card will give you personal safety and peace of mind from forging of the ID card and from identity theft and impersonating the ID card’s owner. In 2011 alone, more than 130,000 ID cards and more than 22,000 passports were lost or stolen in Israel. In many cases, the stolen cards are forged and are used to impersonate the card owner, to open fictitious bank accounts, to withdraw the discharge payment from bank accounts of discharged soldiers, to commit financial scams, and are even used by terrorist organizations for the infiltration of terrorists and for terrorist attacks.