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ISO/IEC 7810:2003[1] is an international standard that defines the physical characteristics for identity or identification cards.


Card sizes

The standard defines four card sizes: ID-1, ID-2, ID-3 and ID-000.

Format Dimension Usage
ID-1 85.60 × 53.98 mm Most banking cards and ID cards
ID-2 105 × 74 mm German ID cards issued prior to Nov 2010
ID-3 125 × 88 mm Passports and Visas
ID-000 25 × 15 mm SIM cards


The ID-1 format specifies a size of 85.60 × 53.98 mm (3.370 × 2.125 in). It is commonly used for banking cards (ATM cards, credit cards, debit cards, etc.). Today it is also used for driving licences in many countries (including the United States, Brazil, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, and European Union countries). This format is also used as a personal identity card in some other countries like Belgium, Chile, Croatia, Pakistan, Peru, Brazil, Poland or Switzerland, in retail loyalty cards, and it is one fairly common format for business cards. The United States passport card also uses the ID-1 format.

  • ISO/IEC 7813 defines additional characteristics of ID-1 plastic banking cards, for example a thickness of 0.76 mm and corners rounded with a radius of 3.18 mm.
  • ISO/IEC 7811 defines traditional techniques for recording data on ID-1 identification cards, namely embossed characters and several different magnetic recording formats.
  • ISO/IEC 7816 defines ID-1 identification cards with an embedded chip (smartcard) and contact surfaces for power, clock, reset and serial-data signals.


The ID-2 format specifies a size of 105 × 74 mm (4.134 × 2.913 in). This size is the A7 format. The ID-2 format is used, for example, by the German Personalausweis (Identity document) issued up until November 2010. Beginning in November 2010, German ID cards will be issued in the ID-1 format.


ID-3 specifies a size of 125 × 88 mm (4.921 × 3.465 in). This size is the B7 format. This format is used worldwide for passports and visas.


ID-000 specifies a size of 25 mm × 15 mm. This format is used for SIM cards.

Card characteristics

The standard specifies requirements for such physical characteristics as:

  • Bending stiffness
  • Flammability
  • Toxicity
  • Resistance to chemicals
  • Card dimensional stability and warpage with temperature and humidity
  • Resistance to deterioration from exposure to light and heat
  • Durability

See also


  1. ^ ISO/IEC 7810:2003 Identification cards — Physical characteristics

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