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ISSUING OF A PASSPORT

HOW TO APPLY FOR A BIOMETRIC PASSPORT?

On August 28, 2006, the Republic of Slovenia started issuing biometric passports in accordance with Council Regulation (EC) No. 2252/2004, which, beside biometry of the facial image, includes also the biometry of two fingerprints.

Valid passports do not need to be replaced

All citizens who hold a valid passport issued after March 1, 2001, can use their passport until the date of expiry and are not required to exchange their passports for a new one.

Application for Passport may be filed at an administrative unit in Slovenia or at a diplomatic-consular representation of the Republic of Slovenia abroad. Citizens must apply in person, since in the process his or her identification and compliance of the attached photograph with the actual appearance is noted, and his or her signature is required if the applicant is more than 8 years old. Moreover, two fingerprints of citizen older than 12 years will be taken.

  • Citizens with permanent or temporary residence outside Slovenia can lodge the application for the issue of a new passport at the diplomatic-consular representations abroad. Those living abroad temporally can lodge the application for a passport at the administrative unit (administrative unit of the permanent residence) in Slovenia
  • There is no registry of children in passport of their parents or legal representatives and therefore a child must obtain stand-alone passport.
  • For the citizen younger than 3 years, the passport is issued with the validity of 3 years. For the citizen of age from 3 to 18 years, the validity of passport lasts for 5 years. Citizens, who reached age of majority, can obtain passport with the validity of 10 years.

By electronic mail consular.london(at)gov.si please request an appointment and we will offer you the first available date as soon as possible. Please indicate your full name, date and place of birth, and your place of residence.  We will verify the data and determine whether you can apply for the document or if you must update your vital statistics data first.

To be submitted:

Slovenian passport; if you do not have one then a color ID and proof of Slovenian Citizenship. Your old passport will be annulled at the time of the application. The waiting time for new passport is approximately 2 weeks.

Adequate consular fee has to be paid in cash in GBP:

  • Validity up to 10 years – for all persons of age of majority: 115 EUR
  • Validity up to 5 years – for persons of age from 3 to 18 years: 76 EUR
  • Validity up to 3 years – for persons under the age of 3 years: 57 EUR
  • Validity up to 1 year – in case of loss of passport more than one time: 47 EUR 

Photographs (please consult the attached instructions accurately and warn the photographer about the requirements!)

  • Size of the photograph: 3,5 x 4,5 cm
  • Facial image shall not comprise more than 70% of the photograph (on all of the four sides has to be 3 to 5 mm of empty space from head to the edge)
  • The photograph can be black and white or color, the background light brown or light blue, in any case not white or dark blue
  • The person must not show his or her teeth
  • Head has to be leveled, nose in the middle of the photograph
  • Sharpness and contrast are important
  • Face has to be evenly brightened and without shadows
  • A person, who wears glasses, must ensure that the frames do not cover eyes and that there is no visible reflection on the glasses
  • On the photographs of children, hands of parents or toys must not be seen. The best way to photograph them is lying down. 
  • Best photograph for fair-haired or white-haired persons is black and white

 

Use of biometric data

Use of individual biometric characteristics represents the most modern trend of using modern technology in fight against abuses such as forgery of money or falsification of documents, and it also represents important step in fight against terrorism.

 

Control of biometric data

Control of biometric data that are written on the chip can be implemented solely at the border crossing, and namely by comparing biometric characteristics of a person who is crossing the border with biometric characteristics facial image and fingertips, written in the chip of a passport.

 

EU regulation determines issue of biometric passports with biometry of facial image and two fingertips.

Issue of biometric passports with the biometry of facial image and two fingertips is determined for all the member states by the EU Regulation, adopted in 2004. All member states of the EU, including Slovenia, were obliged to commence with the issue of biometric passport of the first generation with added biometry of facial image by 28 August 2006, and by 28 August 2009 all of the member states of the EU must start with the issue of biometric passports of the second generation with biometry of two fingers.

Regulation is implemented in the Amending Act about passports and in Rules about enforcement law on passports. Thus the Slovenian legislation regarding biometry of fingertips determines:

  • Age requirement for capture upon filing an application is 12 years
  • When citizen lodges the application, the electronic devise (special fingertips reader) captures   fingertips of left and right index finger. If in case of health reasons this is not possible, the fingertip of another finger is taken (print of the middle finger, ring finger or a thumb).
  • If it is impossible to take a citizen’s fingerprints owing to an acute medical condition (e.g. burns, cuts or other injuries which are expected to heal within a year), a passport containing only facial image biometric data is issued with the validity of 12 months.
  • If it is impossible to take a citizen’s fingerprints owing to a lasting medical condition (e.g. a person without fingers or with lifelong injuries), a passport containing only facial image biometric data is issued with a standard validity.
  • Taken fingertips will not be preserved in the passport records and they will be deleted after passport has been issued and handed;
  • the fingertips will be preserved as a biometric record, merely in the chip of the  individual passport and will be used solely for the purpose of border controlling, which assures the highest possible protection of the individual in terms of use of his biometric data.

More information is available at the Ministry of the Interior website.