Saudi Arabian identity card

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Saudi Arabian identity card
Saudi ID card.JPG
Issued by Saudi Arabia
Valid inGCC countries
Type of documentIdentity card

The National ID Card (Arabic: Biṭāgat Al-hawiyya Al-waṭaniyya بطاقة الهوية الوطنية), commonly known by its old colloquial name Biṭāgat Al-ʼaḥwāl (Arabic: بطاقة الأحوال [bɪˈtˤaːgat alʔaħˈwaːl]), is a Saudi Arabian identity card and proof of citizenship. The card is used for identification with "government agencies and third party service providers such as banks".[1] The card may also be used for travel within the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Since April 2010, the card can also be used for women to travel to other GCC countries in the absence of a guardian (although travel permission still needs to be obtained).[2]

Physical appearance and data storage[edit]

The card is credit-card sized and contains a 2.86 megabyte optical stripe and a contact chip to store data, as well as finger prints and a facial image. The card does contain a barcode, but no machine-readable zone. All fields of the card are in Arabic except for the texts National ID Card and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Ministry of Interior, which is also present in English.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia National ID Ahamadansari card" (PDF). Lasercard. Retrieved 2010-10-18.
  2. ^ "Saudi women to get new ID cards for GCC travel". 3-4-2010. Retrieved 2010-10-18. Check date values in: |date= (help)