The identity card scheme raised £196,000 of income in the last financial, year Home Office minister Damian Green has revealed.
The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) will use the money as a tiny offset to the £292m it cost the government to set up the project, he said.
The project is in the process of being decommissioned, and Green confirmed that no data would be saved from the National Identity Register.
Biometric data is also used on new e-passports issued by the IPS, but it will not be possible to transfer ID card data onto the passport database.
Green said, "Once legislation is in place, all the information provided for the issue of identity cards and held on the National Identity Register will be destroyed and no information will be transferred to the passport database. Passport applicants will therefore need to continue to submit a recent photograph with the passport application."