The Iraqi Worker Identification Card for force protection workers of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil and the Ministry of Electricity

The Iraqi Worker Identification Card (IWIC) was developed at the request of the U.S. Government in order to provide biometrically-based identification badges for Iraqi Ministry of Oil (MoO) and Ministry of Electricity (MoE) force protection workers.


I3 trained the Iraqi Government on the equipment necessary to biometrically enroll, vet, create identification cards and provide access control equipment to the security forces for the Iraqi MoO and MoE (totaling an estimated 50,000 individuals). Biometric data was collected with electronic livescan equipment.

Collected data was in accordance with American National Standards Institute/National Institute of Standards and Technology (ANSI/NIST) standards, and was sent to the Ministry of Interior (MoI) Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) for criminal background checks. The identification cards contain fingerprint templates, which allow the card to be biometrically matched to the owner, preventing the use of fraudulent cards. IWIC uses a unique mechanism for ID card generation, supporting ultra-low cost identification credentials (~ .25 per card) that are based upon strong biometrics and digital signatures to prevent card forgery.