The National Identity Card will be available to residents across the North West including those who live and work in Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria from January next year, it was announced today.
The news follows the successful launch of the service to those living and working in Greater Manchester.
The £30 identity cards provide a secure and convenient way for people to prove their identity when they are undertaking individual transactions or buying age-restricted goods. The cards can also be used in place of a passport for travel throughout Europe.
Home Office Minister responsible for identity cards, Meg Hillier said:
"We have always said that after the initial rollout to residents of Greater Manchester, we would seek to expand the scheme across the North West as soon as possible.
"Today’s exciting announcement is the next stage in offering voluntary identity cards to everyone living in the UK.
"Identity cards are already proving themselves extremely useful in daily life, from opening a bank account to entering a nightclub, and for travel to Europe."
Notes to Editors
1. Identity Minister Meg Hillier today signed a Commencement Order allowing anyone who lives or works in Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cumbria, and holds a current or recently expired British passport, to apply for a National Identity Card from 4 January 2010.
2. It was also announced today that the Identity and Passport Service offices in Liverpool and Blackburn will be upgraded to allow identity card enrolment from February 2010.
3. Individuals can get more information or make an appointment for an identity card by calling 0300 330 0000.
Phone: For enquiries please contact the above department