The story appears on

Page A5

May 7, 2013

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro

Shanghai ID cards to carry fingerprints

LOCAL residents can now have their fingerprints attached to their identification cards to prevent their misuse.

The service, launched by the Ministry of Public Security of China earlier this year and already on trial in some areas, will be carried out at police stations across the city from July 1.

People can get their fingerprints done on the ID cards at their nearest police stations.

The move is aimed to curb counterfeiting and false use of ID cards as a resident discovered when she went to open a bank account.

The woman, surnamed He, was shocked when she was told by a bank in Pudong that she already had an account with them. She was told she had a card issued by the bank which she had never applied for, the Shanghai Morning Post reported.

The account in her name was opened on November 24 last year in Jing'an District. Records showed the card was mostly used for online transactions.

The woman said she lost her wallet, which contained her ID card, around the Mid-Autumn Festival last year. She went back to her hometown in Sichuan Province to make a new card. Police were informed as soon as she realized that someone had used her lost ID card to open a bank account.

The account was frozen.

Shanghai police said situations like that could be avoided in the future if fingerprints were incorporated into the ID cards.

"To increase the safety of ID cards, the ministry launched the fingerprint service to prevent the false use of the ID cards for licenses or certificates. It can also help the authorities check the true identity of the card holder," an officer surnamed Fei said.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend