Bosnia and Herzegovina identity card

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Bosnian-Herzegovinian Electronic Identity Card A side
Bosnian-Herzegovinian Electronic Identity Card B side

Bosnian-Herzegovinian identity card (Bosnian: Lična karta, Croatian: Osobna iskaznica, Serbian Cyrillic: Лична карта) is a compulsory identity document issued in Bosnia. All Bosnian citizens who are residents of Bosnia and Herzegovina and are over the age of 15 have the right to apply for the national ID card; nevertheless, all Bosnian-Herzegovina citizens that are over the age of 18 must have an Identity Card issued by the police (Ministarstvo unutarnjih poslova - MUP) by the city of residence.

On 1 March 2013 Bosnia and Herzegovina has introduced a new electronic ID card costing 18 convertible marks (9,2 Euros). Thanks to the production technology of electronic identity cards, risk of falsifying documents shall be reduced and digital presentation and digital signature shall be enabled to citizens. Other protective elements in identity card are fully compliant with EU recommendations.

Bosnian-Herzegovinian Identity Card A side-issued until 1 March 2013
Bosnian-Herzegovinian Identity Card B side-issued until 1 March 2013

Physical appearance[edit]

The identity card is made of plastic and rectangular in shape, resembling the shape of an ordinary credit card, measuring 86 × 54 millimeters in size. On the left side of the ID is the photograph of the bearer, whereas on the opposite side, a hologram is placed, with the country's flag and name being visible. The top edge of the card, or "the header", bears the name of Bosnia and Herzegovina in three/four languages (Bosnian and Croatian inscription is the same), Bosnian and/or Croatian, Serbian (in Cyrillic) and in English (BOSNA I HERCEGOVINA / БОСНА И ХЕРЦЕГОВИНА / BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA); and on its reverse, the name of the card is written in the same languages, with an additional line inserted in Croatian. (LIČNA KARTA / OSOBNA ISKAZNICA / ЛИЧНА КАРТА / IDENTITY CARD).

Printed data[edit]

The descriptions of the fields where the citizen's information is visible is shown in Bosnian, Croatian (one field only), Serbian (Cyrillic) and English.

  • Back side:


Citizens over the age of 18 who do not have valid identification are subject to a fine in Bosnia and Herzegovina's convertible marks. If a citizen fails to produce a valid ID to a person of high rank (such as a police officer), the fine can be raised.

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