With the production and software testing of the new identity card coming to an end, Malta’s new identification document is soon expected to come into circulation.
The Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and Communities Alex Muscat held that apart from the aesthetic changes, the new identification document will be even more secure. “The advancement in technology that Identity Malta has made in recent months is translating into further changes in how the same Agency operates.
We will see that such development continues so as to remain at the forefront when it comes to the security of our identity,” stated Parliamentary Secretary Muscat.
The new identity card will include a number of new embedded security features where one’s personal details will be safely captured on a polycarbonate card, which will make it extremely difficult to forge or tamper with, without leaving signs of attack.
The gradual rollout of the new Maltese ID card will commence as of September. The new identity document will only be issued on new applications and renewals, and there will be no mass rollout.
In order to apply for an Identity Card, applicants must go to Identity Malta’s office in Gattard House in Blata-l-Bajda to fill in the necessary forms and capture their biometric information. For further assistance, one may call on 2590 4300. ID cards in circulation will remain valid until their expiry date. The existing ID cards already conform to high-security standards, but new ones will make use of latest technology to further prevent document forgery and identity theft. The Maltese ID card is only issued to Maltese citizens.