Polycarbonate and Identity Documents



In 1989, Finland saw the arrival of the world’s first polycarbonate identity document: the Finnish Driver License.

Since then, polycarbonate has established itself as the most suitable material for electronic identity documents, thanks to its exceptional optical and physical properties.

What sets polycarbonate apart from other materials is the fact that it is non-delaminable. When used in pure form and not mixed with other plastics, the different layers of polycarbonate that make up the identity document fuse together to form a single, solid card body. All security features, including irreversible laser-engraved personalization information, are safely located within and protected by the 100% polycarbonate card body.

This comprehensive article provided by Gemalto considers the polycarbonate identity document - from its construction to its properties and its use.


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