Passport and ID card systems: Processing, managing and transmitting identities

The data captured is digitally encrypted, signed and sent to us for processing so that we can produce and personalize the ID documents. In this case, central or decentralized database solutions can be used depending on both legislation in the country in question and customer specifications.
A public key infrastructure (PKI) warrants the security of the data. Only persons and devices integrated into the system can access and process the data. In this way, we can ensure that only genuine, authentic data is used in the next steps of the process.
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Processing, managing and transmitting documents

A public key infrastructure (PKI) warrants the security of the data. Only persons and devices integrated into the system can access and process the data. In this way, we can ensure that only genuine, authentic data is used in the next steps of the process.

Secure documents

We produce our documents on high-tech systems using state-of-the-art technology at our site in Berlin. Our documents meet the highest forgery protection standards. At the same time, the documents are easy to use. Electronic ID cards (eID cards) made of polycarbonate fully meet these requirements: This material makes the cards robust, a particularly important aspect in light of the long validity periods of many official ID documents. Their security features can be ideally adapted to the respective application field and forgeries are near to impossible thanks to diverse protection mechanisms. With the right kind of verification devices, the cards can be easily checked and databases can also be accessed if permitted by law. This makes it easier to detect identity misuse than with conventional ID documents. We have a diverse range of documents on offer.

Secure documents (eID cards) 

The development and production of innovative eID cards belong to our core area of expertise. These cards can be equipped with a host of different functions, depending on where you want to use them. All of the materials used meet with the highest quality standards. Our production facilities have been audited and have received security accreditation according to the strictest international guidelines.

German electronic ID cards

One example of this is the German ID card in credit-card format. While basically serving as photo ID, for instance, in dealings with the police or public authorities, this card can be equipped with the online ID function and the qualified electronic signature (QES) as optional functions in order to make transactions on the net more convenient and secure. Thanks to the online ID function, holders of an electronic ID card can authenticate themselves on the net and at vending machines in a secure and reliable manner, enabling them, for instance, to open an account online. Only service providers, such as public authorities or companies in possession of a corresponding authorization certificate can read the data stored on the ID card. In this way, both partners can rest assured that their virtual partner is in fact who they claim to be.

German passports

We also produce the German electronic passport. A host of classical, optical and machine-readable security features ensure outstanding protection against forgery. Through Veridos GmbH, a joint venture by Bundesdruckerei und Giesecke & Devrient, we are also serving the international market and producing passports for foreign governments.

Electronic office ID cards

We additionally produce electronic office ID cards that allow both private companies and public authorities to shape their processes and workflows in a much smoother, more efficient and secure manner. Time clocks, electronic signatures, access authorization and payment functions are just some of the applications possible.

Electronic residence permits

We produce electronic residence permits for Germany. The biometric data on this eID card allows official authorities to reliably verify the identity of the card holder. Using the online ID function and a six-digit PIN, holders can prove their identity even for electronic applications on the Internet or at vending machines. In addition to this, the electronic residence permit has been prepared for the qualified electronic signature (QES).

EU driving licence cards

Since 1999, we have been producing Germany's EU driving licence card that is valid throughout Europe. A practical direct delivery service means that German citizens do not have to go the public agency to pick up the finished document. For a small additional fee, the driving licence card can be delivered directly to the holder’s home address. All the holder has to do is to select this option when applying for the card.

International certificate for operators of pleasure craft (ICC)

Since January 2018, the ICC has been produced centrally at Bundesdruckerei and replaces the previous paper document. The new document is issued as a polycarbonate card and is personalized with the data sent online by DSV e.V. and DMJV e.V. This high-security card comes in handy credit-card format. The document can be sent directly to applicants throughout the EU (as well as Switzerland and Norway), allowing them to use their cards as quickly as possible.


Personalizing documents

The applicant's personal data is what makes an ID document unique. We operate one of the world's largest specialist centers where we perform this so-called personalization of documents, both optically and electronically. We also provide tailor-made personalization solutions for customers themselves, be it individual components or an entire personalization system.

We supply these customers with state-of-the-art production technology and, if necessary, the blank documents. The personalization solutions can be easily adapted to new types of documents. All of the software packages supplied by Bundesdruckerei for this purpose meet with international standards. Our personalization machines are suitable for both small and large countries, for registration offices and embassies, and even for companies operating in the private sector.

Electronic residence permit

Security features of the electronic residence permit

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