As from today, whoever renews or applies for a new Identity Card will be receiving a new version of the ID Card which has added security features and is technologically advanced. This is aimed so that the person’s identity is more secure, and is also aimed at reducing the possibilities of the ID Card being falsified.
Malta is in fact one of the first EU Member States to launch such an identification document, according to recent regulations issued by the European Commission.
Speaking at the inauguration, Prime Minister Robert Abela said that the government decided on upgrading Malta’s Identification Document, using the latest technology, after Malta won the award for the most secure passport in the region, earlier this year.
Anton Sevasta, Identity Malta CEO explained that the details of the ID Card Holder will now be laser-engraved on polycarbonate substrate material, in black and white. He explained that this is a very strong type of material which makes it harder for it to be tampered with, without any evident signs showing.
Apart from all this, the new ID Cards are contactless, and the data stored within them can be accessed through a Card Access Number which is printed on the front part of the card, or else can be discovered by scanning a QR code which is found at the back. Again, this is being done so that no personal details will be stolen in any way.