Authenticity features of the Dutch identity cards for aliens

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Welcome to the site of the Documents Bureau of the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) about the authenticity features of the Dutch identity cards for aliens.

Identity cards have become increasingly important. Internationally: man is much more mobile than he used to be and he/she has to be able to prove his/her identity and nationality with various authorities during his/her travels with a travel document or a residence document or an identity card. Nationally: people are less and less restricted to a particular area and will need to identify themselves whenever the Compulsory Identification Act or WIF requires this. So they are important documents. But how to recognize them? How do you know they are authentic? This information with respect to the Dutch documents for aliens can be found on this site.