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Identity Cards Act 2006

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  1. Introduction

  2. Summary and Background

  3. Territorial Extent

  4. Overview of the Structure

  5. Commentary on Sections

    1. Registration

      1. Section 1: The National Identity Register

      2. Section 2: Individuals entered in Register

      3. Section 3:  Information Recorded in Register

      4. Section 4: Designation of documents for purposes of registration

      5. Section 5: Applications relating to entries in Register

    2. ID cards

      1. Section 6: Issue of ID cards

      2. Section 7: ID cards for those compulsorily registered

      3. Section 8: Functions of persons issuing designated documents

      4. Section 9: Power to require information for validating Register

      5. Section 10: Notification of changes affecting accuracy of Register

      6. Section 11: Invalidity and surrender of ID cards

    3. Provision of information from Register for verification purposes

      1. Section 12: Provision of information for verification or otherwise with consent

    4. Required identity checks

      1. Section 13: Power to make public services conditional on identity checks

      2. Section 14: Procedures for regulations under s. 13

      3. Section 15: Power to provide for checks on the Register

      4. Section 16: Prohibition on requirements to produce identity cards

    5. Other purposes for which registered information can be provided

      1. Section 17: Public authorities

      2. Section 18: Prevention and detection of crime

      3. Section 19: Correcting inaccurate or incomplete information

      4. Section 20: Power to authorise provision of information in other circumstances

      5. Section 21: Rules for providing information without individual’s consent

    6. Supervision of operation of Act

      1. Section 22: Appointment of National Identity Scheme Commissioner

      2. Section 23: Reports by Commissioner

      3. Section 24: Jurisdiction of Intelligence Services Commissioner and Tribunal

    7. Offences

      1. Section 25: Possession of false identity documents

      2. Section 26: Identity documents for the purposes of s. 25

      3. Section 27: Unauthorised disclosure of information

      4. Section 28: Providing false information

      5. Section 29: Tampering with the Register

      6. Section 30: Consequential amendments relating to offences

    8. Civil penalties

      1. Section 31: Imposition of civil penalties

      2. Section 32: Objection to penalty

      3. Section 33: Appeals against penalties

      4. Section 34: Code of practice on penalties

    9. Fees and charges

      1. Section 35: Fees in respect of functions carried out under Act

      2. Section 36: Amendment of Consular Fees Act

      3. Section 37: Report to Parliament about likely costs of ID Cards scheme

    10. Provisions relating to passports

      1. Section 38: Verifying information provided with passport applications

      2. Section 39: Amendments of legislation relating to passports

    11. Supplemental

      1. Section 40: Orders and regulations

      2. Section 42: General interpretation

      3. Section 43: Scotland

      4. Section 44: Short title, repeals, commencement and extent

      5. Schedule 1: Information that may be recorded in Register

      6. Schedule 2: Repeals

  6. Hansard References

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