Minister gets first Dutch biometric passport
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