Dutch rush to get ID cards

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4 January 2005AMSTERDAM — Over 225,000 applications for identity cards have been filed in the last two months in the Netherlands. Everyone, aged 14 and above, must carry valid identification or face a fine under a new law that came into force in Holland on 1 January.

4 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — Over 225,000 applications for identity cards have been filed in the last two months in the Netherlands. Everyone, aged 14 and above, must carry valid identification or face a fine under a new law that came into force in Holland on 1 January.

Sdu Identification, the company that makes the Dutch identity card, can barely meet the huge demand that has been generated by the law, newspaper De Volkskrant said on Tuesday.

Dozens of people have already been fined since the early hours of 1 January for failing to produce valid ID when asked to do so by police officers. In most cases, the people were initially stopped in relation to other offences.

In one case in Groningen, two cyclists received on-the-spot fines of EUR 75 each, EUR 25 for not having lights on their bikes and EUR 50 for failing to produce ID. 

Valid forms of ID are a passport, a Dutch or European ID card, or a residence permit.  In some cases, but not all, a valid Dutch driver's license will do. Expats and holiday and holiday makers are not entitled to a Dutch identity card, which costs EUR 30.

It is estimated that 330,000 young people, aged 14 to 18, do not have a passport or a driver's licence. There were obliged therefore to apply for a Dutch identity card. Many other people have applied for an identity card as they feel it is not safe to carry their passport at all times.

Most people applying for the identity card, De Volkskrant said, appear to have waited until the last minute. Only 25 percent of Sdu's supply of 300,000 pre-printed cards are still available. The company has had to work over the weekend to ensure everyone gets their cards within five days of applying.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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