Romanian identity card

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Carte de identitate
Romanian Identity Card 2009.jpg
The model issued starting with 2009, that specifies the Romanian nationality and not the parent's first name
Issued by Romania
Valid in Europe (except Belarus, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine)[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]
 Faroe Islands
France French overseas territories
 Greenland (de facto) Montserrat (max. 14 days) in transit to a third country
Type of documentIdentity card,
optional replacement for passport in the listed countries
Purposeproof of identity
Eligibility requirementsRomanian citizen over 14 years of age (mandatory), Proof of residence
Expiration4 years
7 years
10 years
permanent after hitting the age of 55

The Identity card (Romanian: Carte de identitate) is a Romanian personal identification document issued to every Romanian citizen at 14 years of age (it is compulsory at 14). The only exemption are Romanian citizens domiciled abroad. If they establish a temporary residence in Romania, then they may apply for a "Carte de identitate provizorie", which is valid for one year (renewable).

The Identity Card is issued by the Directorate for Persons Record and Databases Management, subordinated to the Romanian Ministry of Administration and Interior.


The first identity cards were issued to Romanian citizens as a result of Decree № 947 of 24.03.1921 which approved the Implementing Regulations of the Law nr.812 of 03.19.1915.

These documents were called bulletins registration office population and their contents match the information on your civil status, nickname, home address, occupation and semnalmentele holder (stature, hair, forehead, eyebrows, eyes, nose, mouth, chin, face, complexion special marks).

Although the regulation has established a pattern of ballot enrollment in public office, because they were made for each county, they were different in size, colour and sometimes even content.

Since 1949, which marked the establishment register in Romania, identity cards issued to Romanian citizens were printed uniquely throughout the country and called Identity bulletin (Romanian: Buletin de identitate).

These included fewer than the previous data about the holder, the holder's photograph and they apply is issued valid for 10 years. In time, identity card content has undergone some changes in that, since 1980 it could be entered two shelf life, by applying a second photo on the first closing date. In this way, Romanian citizen may be the same ID card holder for 20 years. At first, the identity card was made 8 file their number is reduced to 4 in 1990.

Law №105 of 1996 on the population register and ID card, as amended and supplemented, created the legislative framework for a new ID i.e. identity card.

As a result, in June 1997 work began issuing the new format of identity card. The new identity document was designed and released into the computerised system is intended to facilitate a number of advantages for both the state and the citizen. The identity card is the document issued to Romanian citizen and proving identity, home address and, where appropriate, address of residence of the proprietor. This document is issued from the age of 14 years. The structures empowered to issue identity documents are public community services for People subordinated to local and county councils and the General Council of the municipality (and the local councils of Bucharest Municipality sectors). The old identity bulletins issued without expiry date to senior citizens remained valid (for use in Romania).

Information provided[edit]

  • Series and number of the ID card (changes every time the bearer changes the ID card)
  • CNP (Romanian: Cod Numeric Personal; English: Personal Numerical Code) the same for every ID card of the individual (see below)
  • Last name
  • First name(s)
  • Sex
  • Parent's first name(s) (usually, the mother's middle name (if any) is not displayed (but registered into the database), due to lack of space)
  • (Since 2009 they replaced parent's first names with the citizenship.)
  • Place of birth
  • Address
  • Issuing authority (mostly "SPCLEP <City>")
  • Validity (issuing date (DD.MM.YY) and expiration date (DD.MM.YYY))

Also it has two rows of optical readable information, like the passports.

Series of the ID card[edit]

The series of the ID card are formed of two letters, representing the abbreviation of the county (but not always) (the abbreviation is sometimes the same as the license plate indicative) or of the county's seat that issued the document.

City County ID series License plate CNP Code
București - DP, DR, DT,
B 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46
Alba Iulia Alba AX AB 01
Alexandria Teleorman TR TR 34
Arad Arad AR AR 02
Bacău Bacău XC, ZC BC 04
Baia Mare Maramureș MM MM 24
Bistrița Bistrița-Năsăud XB BN 06
Botoșani Botoșani XT BT 07
Brașov Brașov BV, ZV BV 08
Brăila Brăila XR BR 09
Buftea Ilfov IF IF 23
Buzău Buzău XZ BZ 10
Călărași Călărași KL CL 51
Cluj-Napoca Cluj KX, CJ CJ 12
Constanța Constanța KT, KZ CT 13
Craiova Dolj DX, DZ DJ 16
Deva Hunedoara HD HD 20
Drobeta Turnu Severin Mehedinți MH MH 25
Focșani Vrancea VN VN 39
Galați Galați GL, ZL GL 17
Giurgiu Giurgiu GG GR 52
Iași Iași MX IS 22
Miercurea Ciuc Harghita HR HR 19
Oradea Bihor XH BH 05
Piatra Neamț Neamț NT NT 27
Pitești Argeș AS, AZ AG 03
Ploiești Prahova PH, PX PH 29
Reșița Caraș-Severin KS CS 11
Râmnicu Vâlcea Vâlcea VX VL 38
Satu Mare Satu Mare SM SM 30
Sfântu Gheorghe Covasna KV CV 14
Sibiu Sibiu SB SB 32
Slatina Olt OT OT 28
Slobozia Ialomița SZ IL 21
Suceava Suceava SV, XV SV 33
Timișoara Timiș TM,TZ TM 35
Târgoviște Dâmbovița DD DB 15
Târgu Jiu Gorj GZ GJ 18
Târgu Mureș Mureș MS, ZS MS 26
Tulcea Tulcea TC TL 36
Vaslui Vaslui VS VS 37
Zalău Sălaj SX SJ 31


The card contains the individual's Cod Numeric Personal (CNP), or Personal Numeric Code, a unique identifying number. The CNP is unique for each person.

The CNP consist of 13 digits as follows:

  • 1 digit for the sex of the Person. 1=Male & 2=Female born before 1999, 3 & 4 before 1899, 5 & 6 before 2099, 7 & 8 for foreign residents[10]
  • 6 digits for Date of birth YYMMDD
  • 2 digits represents the place of birth (County)
  • next 3 digits is a number between 001 and 999. Each number is allocated only once per person per day
  • last digit is a control digit calculated from all the other 12 digits in the code as follows:

(n1*2+n2*7+n3*9+n4*1+n5*4+n6*6+n7*3+n8*5+n9*8+n10*2+n11*7+n12*9)%11 if the result is 10 then the digit is 1, otherwise is the result.


Romania has decided to introduce Electronic Identification Cards as of January 1, 2011, however the plan to introduce Identity Cards were delayed by two years. As of July 1, 2010 the pilot program of setting up the electronic system for the issuance of the electronic identity card will be initiated. As part of the normative act the central and local authorities as well as the county decentralised services are required to acquire the necessary equipment and programs for the citizens to be able to use without any restrictions the electronic identity card. The step by step program are as follows:

  • in the county residence municipalities until December 31, 2012
  • in the other municipalities and towns until December 31, 2013
  • in communes until December 31, 2014

Citizens who live abroad[edit]

Romanian citizens living abroad can apply for issuing first ID documents provided by law with diplomatic missions or consular offices in that State. The identity card shall be issued as follows:

  • a) first identity card is issued to the age of 14;
  • b) for persons aged 14–18 years the term of validity of the card is 4 years;
  • c) for persons aged 18–25 years the term of validity of the card is 7 years;
  • d) the cards issued after the age of 25 years are valid for 10 years.

After age 55, the identity card is issued permanently valid (by making the validity date in excess of 40 years).


The Identity card can be used instead of the Passport for travel in a number of countries, see list above to the right.


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-08-06. Retrieved 2012-08-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ [3] EU residents will need only ID to enter Macedonia
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-06-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) (Romanian)
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