President Abdulla Yameen declared that the newly introduced passport cards can now also serve as a proof of identity in place of the National Identity Card.
The President’s Office stated that among the documents used as proof of identity, the passport card has the strongest security features aside from the Maldivian passport; hence, it can now serve as proof of identity in government offices, hospitals, banks and with other service providers.
According to Maldives Immigration, a fee of MVR 450 will be charged for the card and will be issued within one day of application.
The passport card can be used for both international and domestic travels, even though passports should always be carried for international travel.
Passport card holders will also have access to Allied Insurance and the services of Bank of Maldives Ltd (BML) and MasterCard, allowing the card to be used internationally.
The new card uses the biometric system developed by the German company Dermolog. Furthermore, the card made with polycarbonate material contains a unique combination of a dual-interface chip for contactless and contact card reading.