An identity document (also called a piece of identification or ID, or colloquially as papers) is any document which may be used to identify a person or verify aspects of a person’s personal identity. If issued in a small, standard credit card size form, it is usually called an identity card (IC or ID card). Some countries issue formal identity documents, while others may require identity verification using informal documents. When the identity document incorporates a person’s photograph, it may be called photo ID.
In the absence of a formal identity document, a driver’s license may be accepted in many countries for identity verification. Most countries accept passports as a form of identification.
The personal information present on the identity document, or in a supporting database, might include the bearer’s full name, a portrait photo, age, birth date, address, an identification number, profession or rank, religion, ethnic or racial classification, restrictions, and citizenship status.
In order to avoid mismatching people, and to fight criminals and also fraudsters, ID cards is the best possible way to prove a person’s identity. New technologies allow identity cards to contain biometric information, such as photographs, face, palm or iris measurements, or fingerprints.
Every human being already carries one’s own personal identification in the form of one’s DNA , which is extremely hard to falsify or to do any modification, this may shortly become the preferred identifier.Some modern identity documents are smart cards, photo IDs, Electronic identity cards (or e-IDs)
- Opening or closing a bank account
- Registering the number of a mobile or landline telephone.
To interact with government agencies we require ID cards for:
- Applying for or renewing a driver’s license.
- Applying for a passport.
- Applying for any social services or grants.
- Registering to vote, and voting in elections.
- Registering as a taxpayer.