Jordan’s Ministry of Interior has rolled out an ambitious new citizen ID programme offering a range of innovative services that will transform the way the public interacts with the state. The new programme has been implemented in collaboration with the country’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (MoICT).

The new card uses Gemalto’s Sealys polycarbonate contactless eID card technology along with a comprehensive suite of Coesys enrollment, card personalisation and issuance solutions as well as automatic fingerprint identification system (AFIS) to reinforce national security, strengthen immigration controls and minimise the risk of fraud in the next elections. OFFTEC has provided IT infrastructure, networking and IT security, system integration, card printers, training and technical support services.

The enrolment system is deployed in 100 civil status and passport offices, enabling MOI staff to capture the personal and biometric data of citizens for duplication-free entry onto the National Registry. The system also enables personalisation and issuance of the cards at 25 dedicated centres. The citizen’s details are laser-engraved in the card and stored within its embedded microprocessor for enhanced validation of the holder’s identity.

The new eIDs combine state-of-the-art digital and graphical security features and offer the Government of Jordan the ability to seamlessly add new card applications after issuance. As a result, it can leverage on the initial investment and develop new secure eGovernment services and applications that improve service standards and reduce administrative costs.