Smart National Identity Cards to be acceptable at world airports as secondary ID
By: Shakeel Anjum
ISLAMABAD: The Smart National Identity Cards (SNICs) will be accepted as secondary ID on all international airports; the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) said here Friday.
Nadra Chairman Tariq Malik unveiled new SNICs — Smart National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (SNICOP) and Smart Pakistan Origin Card (SPOC) — design as well as overt and covert features in the Eighth Symposium of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) on Identity Documents, Biometrics and Security Standards. More than 500 participants from 100 countries attended the ICAO symposium held at ICAO headquarters in Montreal on Thursday.
Introducing new smart ID cards, the Nadra chief said these are compliant with ICAO and ISO standards and thus should be accepted on all major international airports as secondary ID with machine-readable passports. The new smart NICOP complies with ICAO Standard 9303 Part 3 Volume 1 and is also ISO 7816-4 compliant.
The Nadra chief hoped that ICAO compliance would help Smart NICOPs to be accepted on all international airports and at points of entry and departure. He said the SNIC has 36 security features and is technologically the most advanced identity document in the world today.