Jordan to start issuing biometric smart IDs ‘next week’


A senior Jordanian official has confirmed that the country will begin issuing smart ID cards featuring iris and fingerprint data as early as next week.

Marwan Qteishat, director general for the Civil Status and Passports Department, said citizens will pay 2 Jordan dinars (US$2.82) for the new ID card, which can hold 140kb of information.

Gemalto revealed in March that it had been chosen to provide the eID technology for the country’s identity programme.

The new eIDs combine state-of-the-art digital and graphical security features and offer the Jordanian government the ability to seamlessly add new card use cases after issuance.

“This project, which is implemented in cooperation with the ICT Ministry, was tested repeatedly to ensure accuracy and safety and it will save lots of information,” he told The Jordan Times on Wednesday.

“State-of-the-art technology was adopted when developing the new smart cards to ensure maximum security… In the future, citizens will only have to carry this card as it will hold the information needed by many public agencies,” he added.

Citizens can report to any of the department’s offices for the fingerprint and the iris scan, Qteishat said, noting that health insurance details, social security information and other data will be added to the smart card at a later stage.

In November, the Cabinet approved the procedures to move forward with the smart ID card project to be implemented in two stages in 2016.

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