Biometric residence cards are now required in Denmark

Residence cards for Denmark must contain an electronic chip with photo, fingerprints and signature recorded digitally. Denmark is enforcing this in an effort to prevent forgery and misuse of residence cards.  The decision to introduce fingerprints in residence cards was made at a central level in the European Union as part of the combat against terrorism, human trade, human trafficking, illegal immigration and other transnational crime. Biometrics must be obtained when the application for a visa in Denmark is lodged. Fingerprints are not collected from children under 6 years of age.