Identity cards issued to British citizens and foreign nationals can be read, in the same way as machine-readable passports, at border controls at all significant points of entry to the United Kingdom. Additionally, 12 specialist card readers have to date been issued for use by Home Office staff, for use at major ports and enforcement operations. These readers have been issued as part of a pilot to allow more sophisticated card reading checks.
Fees have yet to be agreed for 2011 and beyond and will need to be agreed with HM Treasury during 2010. However, over time, we expect national identity service costs to be recovered through fees.
As published in the October 2009 national identity service cost report, over the time period October 2009 to October 2019, we expect to have issued approximately 88 million products.
These are total product volumes, including transactions associated with the replacement of lost or damaged items (but excludes transactions that do not require product issuance, such as changes of address). In many cases the same application will result in the issuance of both a passport and identity card.
Up to and including 2 November, almost 12,000 people have registered their interest in the national identity service. So far 17 per cent. of those registered are from the Greater Manchester area.