The undated photo shows that a police official shows the second generation cards in China. [File Photo: cnr.cn]
Fingerprint data will be embedded in second-generation identification cards in China to prevent identity fraud under a modification to the resident identity card law, Xinmin Evening News reports.
According to the law, citizens will be required to register their fingerprint data when they apply for a new ID card or replace or upgrade an existing one. Those with current second-generation ID cards can voluntarily register their fingerprint data until their ID cards are no longer valid.
The first-generation ID cards, which were introduced in 1985, will become invalid on January 1, 2013.