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National Biometric Identity Service agreement

This contract enabled the formation of the National Identity Register (NIR) for the National Identity Service (NIS). The purpose of the NIR…

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This contract enabled the formation of the National Identity Register (NIR) for the National Identity Service (NIS).

The purpose of the NIR was to store biographic and biometric information, including fingerprints or digital facial images (photographs), on one database. The aim of the NBIS contract was to provide a shared biometric matching and storage service to support IPS, the UK Border Agency and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The NIR and NIS has now been cancelled.

You can view all 36 schedules of the agreement on the archived version of the Identity and Passport Service website on The National Archives.