Ireland launches selfie-enabled passport card
05 October 2015 16:05 GMT

Ireland has launched a passport card which users can simply take selfies to apply for, with holders able to travel across Europe without needing their traditional passport.

The document costs €35 (US$39) and is valid for five years. Applications can be made online or using an app, that allows the applicant to take a selfie as a passport picture.

Irish citizens can use it travel to 30 countries; EU countries as well as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

“It is, in effect, a passport and it carries all the attributes and entitlements of a passport and should be treated with great care, as you would a passport,” Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan told reporters at an event to launch the card this morning.

In January, the ministry said DLRS based in Bray are the lead company in the design and production of these cards. They have partnered with HID Global Ireland Teoranta based in Baile na hAbhann, Galway and Absolute Graphics based in Bray.

The security features of the card include an embedded hologram photo on a strip on the reverse of the card. This is the first occasion on which this security feature will be used on travel documents.

 

 

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