Passport Card

“The Elegant All-in-One Solution for Every Citizen”

Countries across the globe have implemented and have been successfully using National ID numbers for decades now to link all local activities. Normally, a National ID card is issued by the country to each citizen. Countries of European Union (EU) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) recognizes each other respectively and allow free movement with passport, but it doesn’t stand true among rest of the world. There are couple of implementations of passport card (in USA and Ireland) but they are very limited.

We can merge the National ID card to the Passport and create an unique ID for every citizen which works both inside and outside the county. I tackled all queries while designing the card. While designing, I researched many passports, the requirements, the guidelines, the design and the technology. Mostly impressed with what I witnessed, I went on creating designs which could serve as base model to all countries.

Passport Card contains all vital information spread across front and back side in multiple languages (if required).

  • Front Side: Passport Number, Nation’s Emblem, Country Code, Document Type, National ID Number, Full Name (First & Last), Date of Birth, Sex, Nationality, Place of Birth, Color Photo and Digital Signature. More Date can be added as per country’s requirement; for e.g. France requires individual’s height and color of eyes to be on passport.
  • Back Side: Permanent Address, Issuing Authority, Date of Issuing, Date of Expiry, Document Number (card number), Place of Issuing; EMV Chip, Flag of Nation, Contactless Payment Symbol and Machine Readable Zone (MRZ).
  • Both sides: Name of Country, biometric logo, Nation’s Emblem (watermark with voluntary Design) and Document Name (like “Passport” or “Diplomatic Passport” or “Laissez-Passer”, etc.)
  • Inside: RFID/Biometric Chip containing required info, color photo and set of finger prints.

There are multiple benefits of the passport card:

  • Wallet Size: According to International Standards (ISO_IEC_7810), Passport Booklet size is 125.00×88.00 mm (ID-3) in size, where as a normal debit/credit/identity card is 85.60×53.98 mm (ID-1) in size. That’s even less than half the size of the booklet. Imagine, a passport in the same size of a credit card that easily slides in and out of your wallet.
  • Technology
    • EMV Chip: EMV cards are smart cards that store their data on integrated circuits. This integration can be useful to replace banks cards. This also allows special card readers to read card biometric and other data (normally used by government or govt.-affiliated companies).
    • Contactless Smart Card: To store Biometrics. Also can be used for contactless payments or terminal tagging (like keyless entry in office buildings or metro-rail stations).
    • Machine Readable Zone (MRZ): The area covering bottom one-third of card’s back. This zone contains text formatted in certain way that a machine/scanner can read the most important data quickly.
    • Online Visa & Immigration: This is a no-brainer. We carry big booklets for passport so that it can be stamped on. There are 2 kinds of stamp — Visa & Immigration.
      Immigration: With introduction of Smart or e-Gates, Immigration stamps are not a necessary any more.
      VISA: We as a community do not require a paper sticker on passport to remind us of valid visas. They do not serve any function which cannot be served by an E-Visa. Many countries with higher passport rank enjoy Visa-free travel across other countries and for them passport booklet is no better that an ID card.
  • Web Portal & Mobile App: With ever-growing mobile market, every Passport holder will be able to use the Web Portal or a Mobile App to track all their activities. The web Portal or app will allow User to:
    • View Passport Details and apply for renewal and updating.
    • Visa Details: Valid and other Visas from different Authorities.
    • Immigration Details: All In-Out details from each visit.
    • LinkedDocuments:LocalID, Driving license, bank cards and more which also can be managed from here from multiple Issuing Authorities/Countries.

For more information and high-quality artwork including Passport concept designs for Republic of India, Republic of Korea (South Korea) and United Arab Emirates, visit
I believe if implemented properly, the concept of Passport Card can usher us to an upgraded and more- interconnected world, as every citizen of any country will have access to passport. There finally will be a consolidated database of general census of the world.

// Siddhant Gupta

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