May 19, 2012 -
Armenia is the latest country to add biometrics technology to their IDs and passports. In 2011, its government passed legislation to provide its citizens with identification cards that certify their identity and nationality. The use of identification cards will take effect on June 1, 2012.
Armenia also has issued a new travel document that combines paper and electronic chip technology that stores biometric information to validate the traveler.
The use of biometric passports and IDs will be voluntary. Citizens will have an option to switch to new passports or not.
Biometric passports will contain the citizen’s first and last names, date and place of birth, photograph and two fingerprints. The new biometric ID will contain an electronic database, individual cryptographic keys, electronic digital signature and certificates for individual.
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