Ukrainian parliament passes law on internal biometric passports
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has passed amendments to the legislation that introduced biometric passports for Ukrainian citizen.
Corresponding bill No. 3224 was repeatedly put to the vote and in the end it was supported by 226 lawmakers, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent said.
According to the document, passports will be issued to people aged 14 and older. In addition, there will be no stamp about the registration or annulment of a marriage in new passports.
The law stipulates that fingerprints will be taken for issuing foreign passports, diplomatic passport, service passports and other documents. At present, when foreign passports are issued fingerprints are taken only with the consent of a person. Under the new law, digitized fingerprints will be also included into internal passports only with the consent of a person.
According to the law, each citizen who reached the age of 14 must get a passport. Passports will be issued for four years to persons under 18 years of age, and for ten years for all the rest.
Passports will contain text in the Ukrainian and English languages. Passports of citizens of Ukraine will not have a mark about the registration of marriage or its annulment, but each spouse will be issued a marriage certificate.