Dutch ID cards should be free, court says

7th October 2010, Comments 0 comments


A court in the Dutch city of Den Bosch has ticked off the government for charging people who request an ID card.

Local authorities are asking 42.85 euros for a new ID card, but the court argues this amounts to extorsion. The document is not used for private ends, the Den Bosch judges say, but it is mandatory. People who are accepting a job, requesting unemployment benefits, or want to register as a voter, can only do so after showing their ID to a government representative. Given such requirements, the card should be free of charge, the court said on Thursday.

The ID card was introduced nine years ago as a cheaper non-compulsory alternative to a passport, which costs 50.90 euros.

Neither local governments nor the caretaker Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs, Ank Bijleveld, have reacted to the court's verdict.

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