Photo identification

Types of Photo Identification

– Some countries use a single government-issued card as proof of age or citizenship.
– Developed nations commonly adopt this approach.
– The United States, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland do not have a single type of card.
– In the US, photo IDs include passports, passport cards, driver’s licenses, state ID cards, company-issued ID cards, and native tribal cards.
– Australian photo IDs include passports, state and territory identity photo cards, driving licenses, and Australia Post Keypass identity cards.

History of Photo Identification

– Photo identification cards were first used at the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.
– William Notman, a Scottish-born Canadian photographer, introduced the photo identification system at the exhibition.
– The system was required for all exhibitors and employees.
– The innovation was known as a photographic ticket.
– Notman’s affiliated business, Centennial Photographic Co., had the exclusive photographic concession at the exhibition.

Related Concepts

– Access badge
Access control
– Common Access Card
– Credential


– Basic Resident Registration Card. Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.
– Passport Photo Composition Template.
– Hall, Roger, Gordon Dodds, Stanley Triggs. The World of William Notman. David R. Godine. ISBN 9780879239398. Retrieved from


– Identity documentsSources: