Biometric documentation refers to biometric ‘smart’ documents that include personal biometric details of the owner - a facial photo and 2 fingerprints.
Currently in Israel there are 3 types of biometric documents: ID cards, passports and laissez-passers.
As of June 1st, 2017 you can only be issued biometric documents. If you need to issue a new, or renew an existing ID, passport or laissez-passer you will receive a biometric document.
How are biometric documents issued
Biometric documents are issued by the Population and Immigration Authority.
You need to apply at an authority office. When applying for a biometric document, you will be asked a number of questions to authenticate your identity and you will be photographed and have your index fingers scanned.
Your biometric information is saved to the Biometric Database Authority’s secure database in order to prevent forgeries and identity theft.
After your fingerprints are scanned, if you do not wish them to be saved to the database you can opt out by not giving your consent.
You can have your fingerprints removed from the biometric database after issuing biometric documentation and consenting to save them to the database, but you will then have to re-issue all your biometric documents.
When you need to issue a biometric document, you must first make an appointment to apply in person at one of the Population and Immigration Authority offices. See below How to get a biometric ID to learn how to apply.
When applying for your first biometric ID the service is free of charge.
How long is an ID valid for
- IDs are valid for 10 years. If you do not consent to saving your fingerprints in the database, the ID will be valid for 5 years.
- If you have the old type of ID (not biometric) that does not have an expiration date on it, it will expire on August 1st, 2022. You don’t need to replace it with a biometric ID until it expires.
This service and forms are provided in Hebrew. If you don’t speak Hebrew seeking assistance from a Hebrew speaker is recommended.