Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Passport control

To combat the estimated 75% of passport fraud that involves first time adult applicants, the Home Office is to introduce face to face interviews for new passport applicants from 2006. This is welcome news for such an important document although I expect it to be self-funding and not too cumbersome.

Will a similar scheme be used to reduce future ID card fraud as they are issued or will the authorities still rely on postal applications? Are the costs of such a scheme included in the current £95 unit cost or would they be extra?

If there are weaknesses in passport issuance, how can they be relied upon as proof of identity when applying for ID cards!?!

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