|Date first issued||1996|
|Type of document||National identity card|
|Eligibility requirements||Montecaran citizens and long-stay visa holders|
|Expiration||5 years from issue|
The Ùnivers card (Montecaran: càrda Ùnivers) is the national identity document in Montecara. It was introduced in 1996 to replace a range of different documents that residents found inconvenient to use separately. It functions as an identity document, smart card, bank card, national healthcare card, library card, and electronic transit pass. It is additionally the standard way of gaining access to public buildings. Because it indicates citizenship, it can also be used as an international travel document where accepted.
Before the card was introduced, the Montecaran domestic identification document consisted of a folded paper booklet which was prone to wear and which did not fit conveniently inside most wallets. The national healthcare and public benefits cards were separate documents, as was the national library card, and transit passes were separate as well. The state decided to explore better alternatives to this inconvenient situation and in 1996 introduced the Ùnivers card to the public. It has since become the de-facto standard form of identification for Montecarans, even replacing the passport for routine international travel to Euclean Community countries. Private institutions such as workplaces and schools have found their own uses for the card, such as for internal security and student identification.
- Chip-and-PIN technology, used in situations where security is paramount, for example in healthcare settings where patient privacy is guaranteed by law or for substantial purchases
- A machine-readable zone on the reverse to expedite border crossings
- Contactless smart card functionality
Cards issued before 1 June 2010 had a magnetic stripe instead of an integrated chip; these have since been phased out.