About the Danish National ID Centre
The Danish National ID Centre is an independent expert centre whose objective is to strengthen the security and control efforts within the area of immigration.
The Danish National ID Centre is an independent administrative body, but organizationally a part of the Danish Return Agency under the Ministry of Immigration and Integration. The centre was established by law on 1 January 2018 with the support of a unanimous Danish Parliament.
The primary task of the Danish National ID Centre is to advise and assist Danish authorities regarding questions of identity determination and ID control of foreign nationals.
This task is performed using, among other things, technical examinations of affected documents in the centre’s forensic laboratory and through analyses of falsification trends and other ID-related issues.
The Danish National ID Centre also has a biometric unit, whose task is to assist and advise the Danish immigration authorities with complex identity resolution cases by conducting fingerprint identification and facial image comparison at the forensic level.
The centre also plays a central role in securing that falsification trends and risk assessments related to relevant foreign countries are processed and assessed before being made available to relevant Danish authorities. One of the primary tasks of the Danish National ID Centre is to coordinate the overall cooperation among the Danish authorities within the ID area.
Furthermore, the Danish National ID Centre provides ID training for relevant Danish authorities in order to provide authorities with the necessary level of competences.
The Danish National ID Centre also has an expert team, which provides technical support to Danish diplomatic missions and underpins the missions’ capacities within the area of security and control related to ID documents. The objective is to strengthen the identity determination and the control of ID documents of foreign nationals through technical support and through ID training.
The Danish National ID Centre has posted an ID-attaché at the Danish embassy in Ankara. The ID-attaché is tasked with supporting the embassy by verifying the identity of foreign citizens applying for a visa or a residence permit to Denmark. Simultaneously, the ID-attaché has established and maintains an international network of ID experts to share information and experiences regarding ID documents and trends of misuse in the region with the Danish immigration authorities.
Furthermore, a specific task of the Danish National ID Centre is to assess and recommend for the decision of the Minister of Immigration and Integration whether passports and other travel documents issued by foreign countries are considered valid for entry into Denmark.
As part of the overall objectives of the Danish National ID Centre, the centre also takes part in a number of international ID networks and collaborates with corresponding authorities in other countries.
The Danish National ID Centre is an associated member of several working groups under the European Network of Forensic Sciences (ENFSI). The various areas of expertise in the Danish National ID Centre are represented in the groups: EDEWG (European Document Experts Working Group), EFP-WG (European Fingerprint Working Group) and DIWG (Digital Imaging Working Group).
Furthermore, the Danish National ID Centre is a member of the steering committee of the Dutch database, DISCS, which entails detailed information regarding genuine and fraudulent civil status documents such as identity cards, birth-, marriage- and death certificates, proof of citizenship, drivers licenses etc.
The centre is also a member of European Association for Biometrics (EAB) and Biometrics Institute, where public authorities, private actors, academics and NGO’s follow the latest technological developments within the area of biometrics, as well as to discuss ethical guidelines for use of biometrics in an administrative context. The Danish National ID Centre is also a member of FISWG (Facial Identification Science Working Group), an U.S. based expert group with participation from several European countries as well as Canada, Australia and Israel. The aim of FISWG is to develop consensus standards, guidelines and best practice within the field of facial imagee comparison.
The Danish National ID Centre has initiated the establishment of a collaborative specialist forum between authorities in Norway, Sweden, The Netherlands and Denmark that specialize in identification within the immigration field. The members of the forum discuss and coordinate themes of common interest.
You can read more about the centre’s tasks etc. in the legislative works (only available in Danish) concerning the establishment of the Danish National ID Centre as well as on the other pages of this website.
Danish authorities who may request examination of ID documents
The list of national authorities who can get documents examined by the Danish National ID Centre is determined by the Minister of Immigration and Integration. The written statements provided by the Danish National ID Centre upon examining the authenticity of ID documents are not administrative rulings in themselves, but provides factual information contributing to the basis on which Danish authorities determine and provides rulings on cases within their areas of responsibility.
The public authorities covered under Danish Law from April 19, 2021, which the National ID-center must serve are:
- The Appeal Board
- The Agency of Family Law
- The Danish Refugee Appeals Board
- The Danish Return Agency
- The Ministry of Justice
- The Danish Police
- The Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI)
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- The Ministry of Immigration and Integration
- The Immigration Appeals Board
- The Danish Immigration Service
The Reference Group
The Reference Group is responsible for determining the overall strategy, priorities and focus areas as well as guidelines for the long-term performance and development of the Danish National ID Centre.
The Reference Group consists of members from the secretariat of the Danish Refugee Appeals Board, the Danish Return Agency, Agency of Family Law, the Ministry of Justice, the Danish National Police, the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Immigration and Integration, the secretariat of the Immigration Appeals Board and the Danish Immigration Service.
The member from the Ministry of Immigration and Integration chairs the Reference Group. The remaining members are appointed by the Ministry of Immigration and Integration upon recommendation from the authorities represented in the Reference Group.
The head of the Danish National ID Centre participates in the meetings of the Reference Group.
Members of staff
The Danish National ID Centre consists of 29 employees, including the head and deputy head of the Danish National ID Centre.
The Danish National ID Centre submits an annual report concerning its activities to the Minister of Immigration and Integration. The annual reports are also publicly available on the homepage in Danish.
Processing of personal information
The Danish National ID Centre has developed a series of guides concerning how the Centre processes personal data. The guides can be accessed via the following link: Processing of personal data by the Danish National ID Centre