Minister gets first Dutch biometric passport

28th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

28 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Reform Minister Atzo Nicoläi received the first Dutch electronic passport in his home district of Amstelveen on Monday.

28 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Reform Minister Atzo Nicoläi received the first Dutch electronic passport in his home district of Amstelveen on Monday.

The biometric document replaces the traditional paper-only passport and is designed to make identity fraud more difficult. People applying for a Dutch passport from now on will receive the biometric version.

The new passport includes a digital chip which contains a photo and personal details about the bearer, such as name, sex and SOFI number.

Amstelveen Mayor Jan van Zanen presented Nicoläi with his new passport at a special press event. The new travel documents will "never be totally watertight", the minister emphasised.

"It is a contest in which you have to stay in front. We are now, I think, a large distance in front of the misusers," Nicoläi said.

The new passport requires a picture in which the bearer gives a "neutral look". Smiling is not allowed and the mouth be closed. The bearer's fingerprints will be added to the passports at a later stage. New EU regulations have to be drawn up to make this possible.

The passport will cost EUR 47.45, eight euros more than the current passport.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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