United States Permanent Resident Card


create a Green Card that has set the standard for uncompromised security

United States Permanent Resident Card

Overview

The U.S. Green Card has set a global, never-exceeded standard for uncompromised security. After more than twelve years and over twenty million cards featuring HID Global's LaserCard® optical security media, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security turned to the same technology and expertise for its next-generation Green Card.

More than a Decade of Uncompromised ID Security

The U.S. Green Card has set a global, never-exceeded standard for uncompromised security. After more than twelve years and over twenty million cards featuring HID Global's LaserCard® optical security media, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security turned to the same technology and expertise for its next-generation Green Card. In May 2010, the agency began issuing the new card, produced by HID Global and featuring a host of innovations in optical media for enhanced security as well as an award-winning multi-technology design that improves the efficiency of land border crossing.

1996: The Counterfeiting Problem

By 1996, officials of the INS (now the U.S. Department of Homeland Security) were concerned that the Permanent Resident Card was too easily counterfeited. Officials estimated that counterfeiters had produced hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of fraudulent documents, with some fakes selling for up to $15,000.

The Larger Issue

Under pressure to control illegal immigration and meet legislative requirements for biometric-based ID credentials, the agency needed an ironclad ID solution to prevent widespread counterfeiting and to uphold its international standing as a strong and effective immigration agency.

Requirements

The overriding objective was to deploy the most counterfeit-resistant document possible with secure portable data storage. The combination was required to prevent fraudulent alteration, withstand ten years of use and support efficient issuance. A secondary objective was to assure reliable visual authentication where electronic readers are not available. By 2009, the agency faced the added requirement of complying with the new Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHITI) to speed land border crossings.

1998 and 2010: A Fraud and Future-Proof Solution

The U.S. Government has twice selected an ID credential, based on HID Global's LaserCard optical security media, as its permanent resident card. The card's digital security has never been compromised, and forensic document specialists have testified before Congress that the card has "effectively put mass counterfeiters out of business."

Features for Today's Reality

Optical security media enables employers, authorities and inspection agents to make a confident judgment about card authenticity and visual identification of the cardholder, even when electronic readers are not available.

May 2010: A New Green Card

Following extensive collaboration with the U.S. DHS, HID Global developed a much-enhanced, next generation Green Card whose design and features elevate the security and functionality of ID credentials to a new level.


Features

Leading security features

  • Tamper-proof optical security media
  • Personalized Embedded HologramHD
  • Ultra-high resolution overt, covert and forensic security patterns
  • Micro-images of U.S. presidential portraits and state flags