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Denpasar to Issue Biometric ID Cards

Bali's New Identity Card System Will Eliminate the Possibility of Duplicate ID Cards.

(8/31/2009) Bali's capital city of Denpasar will initiate a pilot project for new identity cards (KTP) utilizing a Single Identity Number (SIN) and biometric markers as part of overall steps to stop the widespread misuse of double KTPs.

As reported by beritabali.com, I Nyoman Suarjana of the Denpasar marriage licenses and population services said his office is targeting the introduction of the new identity cards in the second week of October.

In the current lead up period to the issuance of the new identity cards, officials are undertaking a "data cleanup." These measures include the productions of more than 200,000 new family cards (kartu keluarga) that are now being distributed to all sub districts in Bali. Once completed, these cards, detailing the personal data of all households and family groupings, when completed will be returned to population authorities in Denpasar.

Using a biometric system similar to that already in operation on Indonesian passports, all the new Denpasar KTPs will be coded to prevent duplicate identity cards.

Nyoman explained: "Under the new system, the identity card number (NIK) will be issued by the Department of Home Affairs. Once the identity cards with single identity numbers are in operation, it will be impossible for residents to possess more than one KTP."