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Wednesday, 8 December 1976

Question: All information available on any countries where identification cards are required to be carried. What are their uses? In which situations are they demanded?

Reply: The only way that this information could be obtained was to ring each individual embassy. However, because of the scope of this job, it was decided to attempt only a partial survey by ringing those embassies located in Canberra. The information that was subsequently obtained varied greatly in detail. Some embassies were more cooperative than others.

The following embassies were contacted and those that require their citizens to have some sort of identity card are indicated by an asterisk:

*ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT: Compulsory for all citizens over the age of seventeen. Used for banks, places of business etc.

*ARGENTINA: has a number of identity cards. There is a national identification card which is used for general purposes of identification, to vote and for military purposes. There is also an identification card which is required by the police. This has a person's personal particulars. Local police also demand identification card.

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