Home Office seeks market feedback on ID cards

The Home Office has published a prior information notice (PIN) to sound out potential suppliers for ID cards.

The Home Office has published a prior information notice (PIN) to sound out potential suppliers for ID cards.

The PIN exercise is to establish market capability, the Home Office said. A full procurement process is dependent on the government successfully steering its controversial ID cards bill through Parliament.

The notice says procurement for the scheme is likely to include: the creation, hosting and maintenance of a national identity register; biometric recording and matching technology; services to manage the registration of individuals onto the database; network and IT services; secure production and distribution of ID cards; and a range of other support services.

Procurement may be carried out by individual function or for groups of functions.

The notice adds that “in line with the emerging delivery model” for the ID scheme – through a new Home Office agency that will subsume the passport office – potential procurements “may include the current business activities of the United Kingdom Passport Service and may involve the delivery of new services or build upon existing systems”.

Interested potential suppliers are invited to complete a supplier form.

 

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