UK government steps back on compulsory ID card plan Brett Murphy at 10:11 AM ET
[JURIST] A UK plan that would have required all citizens to obtain ID cards [Home Office backgrounder; JURIST news archive] when applying for passports by 2010 has been dropped [press release], the Home Office [official website] said Thursday. Under current plans, passports and driver's licenses will be considered acceptable alternative forms of identification for most UK citizens, although people in "positions of trust," such as security guards, will be required to have IDs by 2009. Foreign residents living in the UK will still be required to carry ID cards as early as November 2008. According to the new Home Office plan, all passport applicants will from 2011 also be automatically registered for ID cards when they apply for new biometric passports containing fingerprints; complete implementation of the national ID card system will not occur until 2017.
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