The Government introduced the Identity Documents Bill to Parliament on 26 May 2010. The Bill makes provision for the cancellation of the UK National Identity Card, the Identification Card for EEA nationals and the destruction of the National Identity Register. The identity card for foreign nationals (biometric residence permit) is not being scrapped.

The Identity and Passport Service will be writing to existing cardholders at their registered address to inform them of the position.

Until the Bill is enacted, identity cards remain valid and as such can still be used as an identity document and for travel within Europe. However, if you have made travel plans and don’t currently have a passport we would advise you to apply for a passport now. For information on how to obtain a passport please visit or phone the Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000 (between 7am – 11pm seven days a week).

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