Mexico to Issue Citizens National Identity Card

President Felipe Calderon says Mexico will start issuing nationwide identity cards for its citizens starting this year, and by 2012 everyone will have one.

The cards will carry the bearer's photograph. It will also
include information on fingerprints and biometric data, including
facial and iris scans, on a magnetic strip.

Most Mexicans currently use their voter ID cards for
identification. They contain a photo, signature and one
fingerprint. They will continue to be issued.

Interior Secretary Fernando Gomez Mont said Tuesday the new
cards will help in the fight against organized crime, and ensure
transparency in government aid programs.

Drug traffickers frequently use false identification documents
to evade law enforcement.

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