Purpose Of ID Card

Identification (or, ID) cards are used in many forms, from driver's licenses to proof-of-age cards, access cards to the national ID cards that are used in many countries. ID cards are usually accompanied by a photo of the card holder, as well as other information relevant to the particular type of ID card.


The most common use of an ID card is to verify that the person holding it is indeed who she claims to be. You can then use it to match any additional information she gives you such as the address on an application form. However, the ID must be issued by an agency that you accept as legitimate, such as a state government or federal agency. Examples include driver’s licenses, military identification and passports. These cards typically identify the issuing body and include a picture of the holder, so you can visually match her face. Additional details may also be included such as address, birth date and signature.

Payment Verification

When a new customer wants to pay for merchandise or services at your-brick-and-mortar establishment, he can do so with cash, which requires no advance knowledge for acceptance. However, he is just as likely to pay with a credit card or check, which can be produced by many financial institutions unknown to you. The only way you can be sure that the name on the card or check matches the person issuing the payment is to view a government picture ID such as a driver’s license. You can take down details such as address and phone number so you can contact the individual if problems arise. As further insurance, you can match the signature on his ID with that on the payment document.


An ID that your company creates for its own use can control individual access to everything from employee areas to special lounges. If you know the employees, a picture is optional. Your presence is not required if the card features machine-readable identification. An employee can easily swipe her ID at a scanner to open and close doors to restricted employee areas. The picture is also unnecessary to a customer who uses the ID to receive transferable privileges, such as a discount on purchases. If perks are only due to the cardholder, such as entry to an over-21 lounge or if verification is performed without scanners, then a picture ID must be verified by you or an authorized employee.

Tracking Services

An ID card can improve your customer response and services if it is used to organize and access customer information. For example, if you run a medical business, the customer database can contain insurance information, medications, health background, medical conditions and current treatments. When your client comes in for a consultation, you can use his ID to access the database and quickly answer questions about his past history, how much he has to pay out of pocket and what therapy he must undergo.


Security is a major reason for the implementation of a large number of ID card systems. In many workplaces, such as banks, large office buildings, stadiums and especially government or military premises, ID cards are essential to making sure that only authorized persons have access to the premises. Often there are levels of ID cards that grant different access authorization to different individuals, thereby safeguarding sensitive areas from persons unauthorized to enter. These kinds of ID cards are usually shown to a security guard who grants access, or have a magnetic strip that goes through a door lock or something similar, to grant access electronically.

Security Firm Employee ID Cards

Security companies require something a little more precise; as they should comply with the British Standard 7499 for security operations.

require cards with a number of set features:

> Company Name

> Company address

> Company telephone number

> Employee name

> Employee Number

> Expiry date (not more than three years from issue date)

> Employee signature

> Employee photograph

> Security companies are required to hold a register of issue and withdrawal of all cards and a record of lost cards.

Fraud Prevention

Prevention of fraud, especially through collecting multiple government benefits, is one of the main purposes of ID cards in many countries. An ID card enables government agencies to better regulate the people on their books and in databases, and fraud becomes more difficult.

Types Of Cards

> Government ID Cards

> Student ID Cards

> University ID Cards

> Health ID Cards

> ID Card Multifunction Cards

> Magnetic Stripe Cards

> Photography ID Cards

> Holographic(Holograms, Bar code, PDF symbologies, Colour shifting inks, UV printing Guilloche patterns, Micro & Nano text Holoimages) Cards

> Bio-Degradable ID Cards

Features Of Cards

> It is voluntary. No one is required to have one.

> It’s made with advanced technology features and won’t fade with age. Your photo and signature are laser-engraved and cannot be altered without damaging the card.

> Unique patterns on the card are difficult to counterfeit and provide another barrier against tampering.

> It does not contain a Machine Readable Zone (MRZ).

> It does not contain a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip, so no information on your card can be read by an RFID scanner.

> The MRZ provides another way to read Enhanced Identification Cards. Identification data is encoded in optical character recognition format (letters and numbers).

> Manitoba EDLs and EICs have been developed using the latest security technology to protect your identity and privacy. They are also convenient, fitting easily into your wallet.

Card material:

Multiple layers of the highest quality plastics make EDLs and EICs counterfeit resistant.They will withstand ultraviolet (UV)rays and will not fade with age.

Radio Frequency Identification(RFID) chip:

RFID chip embedded in your EDL or EIC does not transmit any information, but can be read by a scanning device if your EDL or EIC is not in its protective sleeve.Only remove the card from the sleeve when approaching the U.S.border.The signal can be read from a maximum distance of 4.5 metres, to allow faster border crossing.It is important to note that the RFID chip contains one piece of personal information — the RFID Tag Value that points to your EDL or EIC record. Records for all provinces issuing the cards are kept in a secure database located in Canada and maintained by the Canada Border Services Agency(CBSA).See the RFID Technology brochure for more information.

ID Card Benefits

> ID Card is mandatory for all citizen and legal residence.

> Identification and Verification as per International Standards

> Protect individuals’ identity

> Can be used to access Secure eServices

> Provides Identity Information

> Stores many ID applications in future

> Prevents fraud & Identity Theft

> Portable personal database

ID Card Uses

There are follwing department where we can use ID card

> Use any of the Library services

> Visit a doctor at Student Health

> Find a flat at the Accommodation Office

> Enrol in a course at Recreation Services

> Use the gym at Unipol

> Sit an exam

> Use the Computer Labs on campus

> Get advice on Careers

> Pick up an academic transcript at the University Information Centre

> Vote in OUSA elections

> Get discounts in some shops/movie theatres in Dunedin

…in fact just about anything - you will need your ID Card.