Albanian Identity Card
The Albanian Identity Card (Letërnjoftimi) is a national identity card that is issued by the Albanian authorities to their citizens. It is proof of identity, citizenship and residence. The current version is in ID1 format and biometric. The ID Card is compulsory for citizens over 16 years old.
Albania issued identity cards to its citizens until 1991, the year the political system changed. For 18 years, in the absence of such a document, people were obliged to provide birth certificates with photos, which was considered inconvenient. Finally in 2007, in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the electronic recording of the population in a central database was made possible. After that, the Albanian authorities have set up an international tender to determine the company that would produce identity cards. The race was won by the French company Sagem Sécurité (Morfo, Safran Group).
The process of issuing identity cards started on 12 January 2009.
- Nationality: Shqiptare/Albanian
- Document number
- Full name, including surname and all given names
- Photograph (both printed and processed to watermark)
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Personal number
- Date of issue
- Date of expiry (normally 10 years after the date of issue)
On the photo a micro-holographic reflecting stamp is placed. The back contains the machine readable zone. The microchip, visible on the back contains biometric data such as fingerprints of the holder, the image, signature, etc. The data can be extracted from the chip with wireless RFID technology. The ID card serves as a travel document for international travel between a limited number of countries. The validity of the card is 10 years and is compulsory for citizens over 16.
An Albanian identity cards is requested at the local municipality (after paying the required fee; presently 1,500 lek or about €10) at the post office) where a digital picture of the bearer's face and fingerprints are taken. The card can be picked up in person after about 15 days, when the bearer identifies himself with his fingerprints.
An Albanian ID Card is accepted by the following countries:
Safran Aleat under the concessionary contract offers eALEAT Services, which are the new Identity Services, on behalf of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), through a secure platform that provides identity trust to any electronic transaction, for which Aleat is certified by NAEC. eALEAT Services through the National ID Card offers to all Albanian Citizens the following three Services: Authentication, Authentication and DATA, and Electronic Signing.
- Ministria e Punëve të Brendshme / Ministry of Internal Affairs of Albania
- Zyra e Gjendjes Civile / Albanian Civil Registry
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