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You have until 13 February 2009 to get your comments in on ID cards. The government has already agreed that ID cards will go ahead, however there are still questions you can ask them!
What does the National ID Card scheme involve?
• There will be a national database holding all the information people give them. • There will be ID cards in some form. • If you change your details (for example your address or name) you have to let them know, and you could be fined if you don’t. • Mostly, you have to agree to let someone get your details from the database (for example your employer). • However, whether you agee or not, the Police and other Intelligence services can get your details from the database. • There will be a National Identity Card Commissioner who you can complain to, and who is responsible for keeping your details safe. • It will be illegal to have fake ID, or tamper with the database. It is perfectly legal not to apply for an ID card. • They will cost you money (up to £30 for the first card).
What info will go on the card?
Name Address Date of birth Place of birth Nationality Gender Signature Photo Fingerprints (x2)
Medical record Criminal record Pension record Benefits record Tax record
If you come up with any questions when you’re reading about these proposals, write them down, think about what you would like to happen instead, and send the results to:
Robin Woodland Identity Cards Act Secondary Legislation Consultation Home Office Identity and Passport Service Allington Towers 19 Allington Street London SW1E 5EB
Or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with the words Consultation response in the title.
How to apply for an ID card
The government is proposing that the basic application process will be: • One form to fill in • Identity and Passport offices around the country to take applications and fingerprints. They are also saying that if you apply for certain things such as Basic Disclosure/Criminal Conviction certificates, immigration documents or passports you will have to apply for an ID Card to get them.
What info will the form ask you for?
The application form will ask you for: • your personal details • details of a referee • passport number or details of your parent’s nationalities • various documents
• Name Including any other names you have been officially known as. • Date of Birth • Place of Birth Town and country. • Nationality Including any previous nationalities. • Gender If you were previously a different gender, you may have to fill out two forms. • National Insurance Number • Telephone number Contact telephone number. • Signature • Photo Head and shoulder shot. • Address Including any other addresses you’d like to have on the register, and any addresses in the last 5 years. • The Address you give has to pass this test: • It has to be in the UK • And has to be the place you stay in the most when you’re in the UK
• Name of your referee • How long the referee has known you • Where they live • When they were born • Their job • A contact telephone number for them
Passport number or other details
• If you have a valid UK passport, you will be asked for your passport number, date of issue, and place of issue. • If not, you will be asked for your parents' details, including their names, date of birth, home address, and more.
• If you have a valid UK passport you will be asked to post it with the application. • If not, you will need your birth or adoption certificate. • If you were born or adopted after 1983 you will need your parent’s birth or naturalisation certificates. • If you are transgendered you will need your gender dysphoria diagnosis or a gender recognition 6 certificate.
What will the card look like?
Getting a replacement card
If you need a replacement card as yours has been lost or stolen, you will need to fill in some of the same details again, to confirm your identity. You will also need to go to an Identity and Passport office to have your fingerprints checked.
The government would especially like to know: 1) Do you have any comments on the application process and the checks we carry out? 2) Do you think that the way we’ve defined Address is right: a. It has to be in the UK b. And has to be the place you stay in the most when you’re in the UK 3) What do you think of the information that will be held on the card, and how long should it be valid for? See Page 3 for how to respond.
How to keep the ID card database up-to-date
You will need to let the government know within 3 months if some of your details change. If you don’t, you could be fined. When you have a change of: •When you are moving in the UK •or moving out of the UK •Holidays and temporary changes of address don’t count, and if you move address while you are living abroad you don’t have to inform anyone, unless you are flight personnel •For example, if you start using an alias or change your name with your gender •For example if you get British citizenship, or apply for dual nationality •Depending on the reasons for changing your gender, you may have to fill out more than one form •If your signature changes and you are keeping it that way. •Temporary changes because of a broken wrist don’t count •If your face changes so you no longer look like your photo. •Hair colour and other minor changes don’t count •If your fingerprints change a lot and will stay that way
Name Nationality Gender Signature
Let the Identity and Passport service know calling them or make an appointment at your local office to change your details. 9
What to do if your card is lost, stolen or destroyed
You need to let the Identity and Passport service know within 1 month if you have lost a card, someone has stolen or tampered with it, or if it has been destroyed. If you do not tell the Identity and Passport office about the changes, you may get a formal warning, followed by a civil penalty notice. The basic penalty will be £125.
The government would especially like to know: 1) What do you think about how we’re asking you to tell us about changes to your details? 2) If you have moved abroad, are the arrangements all right? 3) What would be the best way to let “proxies”, for example carers for people with mental or physical difficulties, inform the government of changes, theft or loss of cards? 4) What would be the best way of telling people which changes they need to tell us about? 5) What do you think about the penalties for not telling us about changes? See Page 3 for how to respond. 10
Who has access to my data?
The following organisations all have automatic access to the data held on the National ID Card Database: • • • • Police Intelligence Services Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Government departments: o Home office o Foreign and Commonwealth office o Department of Work and Pensions o Department of Transport o Ministry of Justice
They will all need make sure that your data is secure, and if they do not, they are not allowed to access the register without reviewing their security policies and getting approval from the Secretary of State.
Any other organisation must ask you first, and you have to agree that they can see your data. If you agree to a company seeing your data, that agreement is a one off – they can only request to see your data once. If they want to see it again, they have to ask you again. The company needs to give these details when it requests information: • • Company / Trading name Registration number 11
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Address / Trading address Names of directors, owners and the company secretary What they do
Even if you agree to let a company see your data, if they want to get the information, the company will need approval from the Secretary of State. Companies can get approval from the Secretary of State by going through an accreditation process, which includes a review of any information security measures you have.
The Government would especially like to know: 1) What would be the best way to give consent, and how would you like to let us know if you don’t want a company to see your data any more? 2) Which companies would benefit most from being able to access data on the National ID Card database? We have suggested charities, non-profit organisations, government bodies, banks and financial services – are there any more? What information should they give us to prove they are safe to access your details? 3) If a company has requested your details, would you like to be informed in writing? 4) If a company or government organisation fails to keep your data safe, what powers should the Secretary of State have to stop them accessing your data, and what would they need to do to be able to access it again? See Page 3 for how to respond. 12
Who will be allowed to apply for ID cards and when?
The government is rolling out ID cards in stages.
Foreign Nationals (2008)
Airport Workers (2009)
Young People (2010)
Everyone else (2012)
The first ID cards will be issued to people applying to remain in the UK as a student, or because they are married to a British citizen.
From Autumn 2009, airport workers who currently need an airside pass will have to have an ID Card. When they apply for a Basic Disclosure/Criminal Conviction certificate airport workers will have to apply for an ID card at the same time. 13
From 2010, young people turning 16 will have the opportunity to apply for an ID Card.
This will eventually lead to everyone being able to apply for an ID Card by 2012.
The Government would especially like to know if you have any comments on this roll out schedule. See Page 3 for how to respond.
How much will the ID Card cost me?
If you want to sign up for an ID card during the 2009/10 rollout period, it is likely to cost £30, unless you are an airside worker in which case you will not be charged. The costs will change as the program is rolled out.
The Government would especially like to know your opinions on the £30 charge. See Page 3 for how to respond.
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