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Greater Manchester residents can obtain identity cards from end of November

The Home Office : 17 November, 2009  (Company News)
The first identity cards to be issued in the UK will be available in Manchester from 30th November for those residents who want to register for them
It has been announced that identity cards will be available to people who live and work in Greater Manchester from 30 November.

Anyone with a home or work address in the Greater Manchester region can now make an appointment to register for their identity card, with the first appointments taking place at the end of this month.

The £30 cards will 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.

Identity Minister Meg Hillier said: "This is an exciting time. Today's announcement is the final step towards issuing secure identity cards to the residents of Greater Manchester.

"Identity cards will prove themselves extremely useful in daily life, from opening a bank account to entering a nightclub, and for travel to Europe."

Earlier today Home Office Minister and Minister for the North West of England, Phil Woolas, enrolled for his identity card at the Identity and Passport Service office in central Manchester.

Phil Woolas said: "Today marks a major milestone for the launch of identity cards.

"From today, the people of Greater Manchester can book their identity card appointments.

"Having been through the enrolment process this morning, I can vouch for the fact it is simple, secure and only takes around 15 minutes."
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