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The Albanian identity card (Letërnjoftim) is a national identity card that is issued by the Albanian authorities to their citizens. It is proof of identity, citizenship and residence. The current version is in ID1 format and biometric. The ID Card is compulsory for citizens over 16 years old.

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View of the front
Leternjoftimi shqiptar biometrik.jpg
View of the back
Date first issued12 January 2009
Issued byAlbania
Type of documentNational ID Card
Expiration10 years
Cost1,500 ALL



Albania issued identity cards to its citizens until 1991, the year the political system changed. For 18 years, in the absence of such a document, people were obliged to provide birth certificates with photos, which was considered inconvenient. Finally in 2007, in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the electronic recording of the population in a central database was made possible. After that, the Albanian authorities have set up an international tender to determine the company that would produce identity cards. The race was won by the French company Sagem Sécurité (Morpho, Safran Group).[1]

The process of issuing identity cards started on 12 January 2009.


The ID Card is plastic and has the size of a credit card. The front contains the bearer's face the following fields written in Albanian and English:

On the photo a micro-holographic reflecting stamp is placed. The back contains the machine readable zone. The microchip,   visible on the back contains biometric data such as fingerprints of the holder, the image, signature, etc. The data can be extracted from the chip with wireless RFID technology. The ID card serves as a travel document for international travel between a limited number of countries. The validity of the card is 10 years and is compulsory for citizens over 16.[2]

Issuing procedureEdit

An Albanian identity cards is requested at the local municipality (after paying the required fee; presently 1,500 lek or about €10) at the post office) where a digital picture of the bearer's face and fingerprints are taken. The card can be picked up in person after about 15 days, when the bearer identifies himself with his fingerprints.


An Albanian ID Card is accepted as a travel document by the following countries:

Electronic ServicesEdit

Safran Aleat under the concessionary contract offers eALEAT Services, which are the new Identity Services,[8] on behalf of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA),[9] through a secure platform that provides identity trust to any electronic transaction, for which Aleat is certified by NAEC.[10][11] eALEAT Services through the National ID Card offers to all Albanian Citizens the following three Services: Authentication, Authentication and DATA, and Electronic Signing.[12]

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External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Albania selects Sagem Sécurité (Safran Group) for secure ID documents". Archived from the original on 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
  2. ^ Government act for identity cards (alb)
  3. ^ "Decision on Visas-Amendments". Article 5, Decision of 5 September 2017 (PDF).
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  7. ^ Agreement ALB / MNE / MKD for citizen border crossing with ID Card only
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  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-13. Retrieved 2016-06-27.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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