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)
 Jordan (on organized tours through Aqaba airport)
Type of document Identity card,
optional replacement for passport in the listed countries
Purpose proof of identity
Eligibility requirements Romanian citizen over 14 years of age (mandatory)
Expiration 4 years
5 years
10 years
50 years

The Identity card (Romanian: Carte de identitate) is the 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 National Inspectorate for Person's Identity, 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, color and sometimes even content.

Since 1949, which marked the establishment registrar in Romania, identity cards had been issued to Romanian citizens were printed in unique throughout the country and called identity (Romanian: 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 computerized 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.

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
  • 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 (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
București - DP, DR, DT,
Alba Iulia Alba AX AB
Alexandria Teleorman TR TR
Arad Arad AR AR
Bacău Bacău XC BC
Baia Mare Maramureș MM MM
Bistrița Bistrița-Năsăud XB BN
Botoșani Botoșani XT BT
Brașov Brașov BV BV
Brăila Brăila XR BR
Buftea Ilfov IF IF
Buzău Buzău XZ BZ
Călărași Călărași KL CL
Cluj-Napoca Cluj KX, CJ CJ
Constanța Constanța KT, KZ CT
Craiova Dolj DX DJ
Deva Hunedoara HD HD
Drobeta Turnu Severin Mehedinți MH MH
Focșani Vrancea VN VN
Galați Galați GL GL
Giurgiu Giurgiu GG GR
Iași Iași MX IS
Miercurea Ciuc Harghita HR HR
Oradea Bihor XH BH
Piatra Neamț Neamț NT NT
Pitești Argeș AS AG
Ploiești Prahova PH, PX PH
Reșița Caraș-Severin KS CS
Râmnicu Vâlcea Vâlcea VX VL
Satu Mare Satu Mare SM SM
Sfântu Gheorghe Covasna KV CV
Sibiu Sibiu SB SB
Slatina Olt OT OT
Slobozia Ialomița SZ IL
Suceava Suceava SV, XV SV
Timișoara Timiș TM,TZ TM
Târgoviște Dâmbovița DD DB
Târgu Jiu Gorj GZ GJ
Târgu Mureș Mureș MS MS
Tulcea Tulcea TC TL
Vaslui Vaslui VS VS
Zalău Sălaj SX SJ


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

The CNP consist of 13 digits as follows:

  • 1 digit for sex and century of birth: 1, 3, and 5 = male; 2, 4, and 6 = female. 1 and 2 = 20th century, 3 and 4 = 19th century, and 5 and 6 = 21st century. (For legal residents the numbers 7 and 8 are used to encode the sex of the person having the residence permit);
  • 6 digits for birth date in the format YYMMDD
  • 2 digits for place of birth (the code for the county) (For legal residents the numbers encode the region where the person having the residence permit comes from);
  • 3 other digits
  • 1 control digit

The CNP is unique for each person. It is assigned at birth and never changes except in cases of erroneous attribution, sex change or change of status from legal resident to citizen.


Romania has decided to introduce the 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 decentralized 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 years, the identity card is issued with valid permanent.


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]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ [3]
  4. ^ [4] EU residents will need only ID to enter Macedonia
  5. ^ [5]
  6. ^ (Romanian)
  7. ^ [6]
  8. ^ [7]
  9. ^ [8]