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					LAW ON BULGARIAN IDENTITY DOCUMENTS The denomination of July 5, 1999 has been taken into account in this law. Published, SG No. 93/1998; as amended and supplemented, SG Nos. 53/1999, 67/1999; as amended, SG Nos. 70/1999, 113/1999; as amended and supplemented, SG Nos. 108/2000, 42/2001. Chapter I BULGARIAN IDENTITY DOCUMENTS Section I General Provisions Article 1 (1) This law shall provide the terms and conditions of issuance, use and keeping of Bulgarian identity documents. (2) The Bulgarian identity documents shall be issued by the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Transport in accordance with their relevant competencies vested in them under this law. (3) This law shall govern the refusal to issue Bulgarian identity documents, their withdrawal, as well as the imposing of any other restrictions related to the use and keeping thereof. Article 2 Bulgarian identity documents shall be property of the state. Article 3 (1) (As amended, SG No. 108/2000) Bulgarian identity documents shall certify the identity and, where necessary, the nationality of the person concerned through the data contained therein. (2) The identity of the citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria can also be certified by substituting documents, as specified in this law. (3) The identity of the Bulgarian citizens can also be established by other documents in accordance with the procedure and in the cases provided by law. Article 4 (1) Any Bulgarian national shall have the right to identity document. (2) Any foreign national residing in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria shall have the right to a Bulgarian identity document in accordance with the procedure and in the cases provided by law. (3) The competent authorities may not refuse to issue, nor to withdraw or withhold any Bulgarian identity document, unless in accordance with the procedure and in the cases provided by law. Article 5 Underage persons and partially debarred persons shall be issued Bulgarian identity documents personally, while juvenile or fully debarred persons - through their legal representatives.

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Article 6 Citizens shall certify their identity when so requested by the competent officials designated by law. Article 7 (1) Citizens holding Bulgarian identity documents must keep such documents from being damaged, destroyed or lost. (2) (As amended, SG No. 108/2000) Citizen who has found an identity document shall deliver it to the bodies of the Ministry of Interior. Article 8 (1) The identity documents shall be kept by: 1. the persons whom they have been issued to; 2. the parents or guardians of underage persons who they are responsible for; 3. the legal representatives of fully debarred persons; 4. the officials authorised by law. (2) In cases of loss, theft or destruction of Bulgarian identity document the persons concerned must inform within 3 days the nearest office of the Ministry of Interior. Article 9 (1) (As amended, SG No. 108/2000) In case of changes of name, national ID number, sex, nationality or in case of significant and permanent changes of face the person concerned must procure himself/herself new identity documents within 30 days. (2) (New, SG No. 108/2000) In case of permanent address’s change the identity card, the card of a foreign national who is permanently residing in the Republic of Bulgaria and the card of a refugee shall be replaced within 30 days. (3) (Former paragraph (2), SG No. 108/2000) Upon issuance of a new identity document the previous one shall be returned. Article 10 The Bulgarian identity documents shall be returned to the issuing body in cases of: 1. death of the holder thereof; 2. loss of Bulgarian nationality; 3. establishment of any irregularity of the document concerned; 4. dropping out the grounds for their issuance or use. Article 11 No one shall have the right to give or accept as a pawn, as well as to use or assign a Bulgarian identity document to another person. Article 12

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(1) Bulgarian nationals holding identity documents issued by another state shall inform in writing the competent Bulgarian authorities within 60 days from the acquisition thereof. (2) (As amended, SG No. 108/2000) Bulgarian nationals holding also identity documents issued by the authorities of another state, whenever their relations with Bulgarian state institutions are concerned, shall certify their identity by Bulgarian identity documents. Section II Types of Bulgarian Identity Documents Article 13 (1) The following identity documents shall be issued to Bulgarian nationals: 1. personal identity card; 2. (As supplemented, SG No. 108/2000) passport, diplomatic passport or seafarer's passport; 3. driving licence. (2) Bulgarian nationals shall be issued also the following documents substituting the passport: 1. temporary passport for return to the Republic of Bulgaria; 2. border pass; 3. temporary passport for leaving the Republic of Bulgaria for good. (3) (New, SG No. 108/2000) The identity of Bulgarian nationals may be certified by any of the documents, as referred to in paragraphs (1) and (2). Article 14 The following identity documents shall be issued to foreign nationals residing in the Republic of Bulgaria: 1. long-term resident’s card for foreign nationals who are residing on a long-term basis in the Republic of Bulgaria; 2. permanent resident’s card for foreign nationals who are permanently residing in the Republic of Bulgaria; 3. refugee card ; 4. temporary refugee card; 5. foreign travel certificate for refugees; 6. foreign travel certificate for stateless persons ; 7. temporary certificate for leaving the Republic of Bulgaria; 8. temporary card for foreign nationals; 9. (New, SG No. 53/1999, effective as of August 1, 1999) certificate for return of foreign nationals to the Republic of Bulgaria. Article 15 (1) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs shall issue Bulgarian visa in the form of a sticker to the foreign nationals entering the Republic of Bulgaria. (2) The Bulgarian visa sticker shall be valid only if accompanied by a regular foreign travel document. (3) (New, SG No. 42/2001) The Council of Ministers shall lay down the terms and conditions of affixing, invalidation, storage and destruction of Bulgarian visa stickers. Section III Data Contained in the Bulgarian Identity Documents

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Article 16 (1) The Bulgarian identity documents shall contain the following mandatory personal data: 1. names; 2. date of birth; 3. national ID number (or personal number for foreign nationals); 4. sex; 5. nationality. (2) The data referred to in paragraph (1) shall be written both in Bulgarian and English language. (3) (New, SG No. 67/1999) The personal number for foreign nationals (PNFN) shall unequivocally identify the foreign nationals who are residing on a long-term basis in the Republic of Bulgaria. The Council of Ministers shall determine the method of its formation. Article 17 (1) For the issuance of Bulgarian identity documents the persons concerned shall submit an application to the competent authorities. (2) The application shall be signed personally in the presence of an authorised official. Article 18 The application for issuance of Bulgarian identity documents shall contain the following data: 1. names; 2. date of birth; 3. place of birth; 4. sex; 5. national ID number (or personal number for foreign nationals); 6. nationality; 7. changed names; 8. alias; 9. existence of any other nationality; 10. eye colour; 11. height; 12. special peculiarities; 13. permanent address; 14. present address; 15. education; 16. occupation; 17. place of employment; 18. scientific degree and title; 19. marital status; 20. telephone for contact; 21. number(s) of other identity documents, if issued to the person concerned, and of the previous identity document.

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Article 19 Names and place of birth of Bulgarian nationals, when indicated in Bulgarian identity documents, shall be written in Bulgarian language and shall be accompanied by an English transliteration according to rules approved by an act of the Council of Ministers. Article 20 (1) The Bulgarian identity documents shall be machine-readable. (2) The machine-readable area of the Bulgarian identity documents shall contain the following data: 1. type of the document; 2. name of the authority that has issued the document; 3. family and other names of the document’s holder ; 4. number of the document; 5. nationality of the document’s holder ; 6. date of birth of the document’s holder ; 7. sex of the document’s holder ; 8. date of the document’s validity; 9. national ID number or personal number for foreign nationals; 10. control figures of the data referred to in the preceding items. (3) The data contained in the machine-readable area must correspond to those contained in the visual part of the relevant identity document. (4) Paragraphs (1), (2) and (3) shall not apply for driving licences, which comply with the uniform driving licence model adopted in the European Union. (5) All other requirements regarding the formats and data contained in the machine-readable area shall be laid down by an act of the Council of Ministers. Article 21 (1) The sequence and number of names of foreign nationals shall be written in the Bulgarian identity documents in the same way as they are written in the foreign travel documents, which they have used for entering the Republic of Bulgaria. (2) The names of foreign nationals shall be written in the Bulgarian identity documents along with a Bulgarian transliteration thereof, according to rules approved by an act of the Council of Ministers. Article 22 (1) For the issuance of Bulgarian identity documents the persons concerned shall provide photos meeting the following requirements: 1. size - 45 mm by 35 mm; 2. the photo must be a full-face one; 3. the height of the face depicted from the chin to the top of the head must be between 25 mm and 35 mm. (2) All the other requirements regarding the photos referred to in paragraph (1) shall be established by an act of the Council of Ministers.

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Chapter II PERSONAL IDENTITY CARD FOR BULGARIAN NATIONALS Section I General Provisions Article 23 The personal identity card for Bulgarian nationals shall be a basic identity document valid within the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria or in the territory of another state according to international agreements. Article 24 Any Bulgarian national may hold one personal identity card only. Article 25 The observance of the arrangements on the use of personal identity cards shall be controlled by the Ministry of Interior, assisted by the relevant local administrations. Section II Data Contained in the Personal Identity Card Article 26 (1) Apart from the data referred to in Article 16, paragraph (1), the personal identity card shall also contain: 1. photo of holder; 2. place of birth; 3. height; 4. eye colour; 5. permanent address; 6. signature of holder; 7. number of the personal identity card; 8. date of issue; 9. date of validity; 10. name of the body of the Ministry of Interior, which has issued the personal identity card; 11. special peculiarities. (2) Apart from the data referred to in Article 18, the application for issuance of a personal identity card shall also contain data about: 1. parents (names, date of birth, nationality and personal number for foreign nationals); 2. brothers and sisters (names, date of birth, nationality and personal number for foreign nationals); 3. spouse (names, date of birth, nationality, national ID number or personal number for foreign nationals); 4. children under 14 years of age (names, date of birth, nationality, national ID number or personal number for foreign nationals); 5. legal representative (names, date of birth, nationality, national ID number or personal number for foreign nationals);

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6. decree of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria on change of nationality. Article 27 (1) Any Bulgarian national shall indicate the permanent address chosen by him/her. (2) Citizens shall receive at their permanent address any official notifications on behalf of the bodies of the public administration, as well as those of the judicial authorities. (3) The permanent address of citizens shall serve for: 1. registration of any changes related to the civil status of the persons concerned in the relevant registers of population; 2. (As amended, SG No. 108/2000) address for tax purposes and for acceptance of court service; 3. receipt of social insurance and assistance benefits; 4. obtaining free medical care; 5. exercise of voting rights; 6. issuance of identity documents and other documents related to the civil status of persons; 7. other grounds provided for by law. (4) The permanent address may coincide with the present address. Article 28 Bulgarian nationals who live predominantly abroad must indicate in the application for issuance of personal identity card also an address in the territory of the state, where they are residing. Section III Issuance, Replacement and Use of the Personal Identity Cards for Citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria Article 29 (1) Any Bulgarian national residing in the territory of the country shall apply for the issuance of a personal identity card within 30 days from completion of the age of 14. (2) Persons who have restored or acquired Bulgarian nationality shall apply for the issuance of a personal identity card within the time-limit referred to in paragraph (1) after obtaining a certificate to that effect. (3) Bulgarian nationals who have completed the age of 14 and who reside abroad, upon their return to the country shall apply for the issuance of a personal identity card within the timelimit referred to in paragraph (1). Article 30 (1) The personal identity cards of Bulgarian nationals shall have fixed term or permanent validity. (2) Persons from 14 to 18 years of age shall be issued personal identity cards having a fixed term of validity of 4 years, while the term of validity of the cards issued to persons from 18 to 58 years of age shall be 10 years. Persons who have completed the age of 58 years shall be issued personal identity cards of permanent validity. Article 31

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Personal identity cards shall be issued and replaced by the relevant bodies of the Ministry of Interior according to the permanent address of the person concerned upon submission of an application and documents evidencing his/her civil status, which shall be issued by the local administration in accordance with the procedures established by an act of the Council of Ministers. Article 32 (1) Null and void shall be declared the personal identity cards of persons who: 1. have lost their Bulgarian nationality; 2. have reported a loss, theft or destruction of their personal identity card ; 3. whose personal card has expired; 4. who have changed their personal data; 5. have changed their permanent address; 6. have deceased. (2) The invalidity shall be declared by the body, which has issued the relevant personal identity card to the person concerned. Chapter III PASSPORTS OF BULGARIAN NATIONALS AND SUBSTITUTING DOCUMENTS Section I General Provisions Article 33 (1) Any Bulgarian national shall have the right to leave and return to the country with a passport or substituting document through the places designated for that purpose. (2) The places for crossing the state border shall be designated by an act of the Council of Ministers. (3) The right under paragraph (1) shall not be subject to any restrictions, unless such restrictions are provided for by law and are needed for the protection of the national security, public order, public health or the rights and freedoms of other citizens. Article 34 (1) The passport shall be a document for crossing the state border of the Republic of Bulgaria and for residence abroad. (2) The passport shall be a basic identity document for Bulgarian nationals also within the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. (3) Bulgarian nationals holding documents substituting the passport may use them in order to certify their identity within the period, which such documents have been issued for. Article 35 (1) (Former Article 35, SG No. 42/2001) Any citizen of the Republic of Bulgaria shall have the right to one passport only in accordance with the provisions of Article 38, item 2. (2) (New, SG No. 42/2001) Citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria having also another citizenship and who permanently reside abroad may obtain passport in accordance with the

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provisions of Article 38, item 2 after having settled on a permanent residence in the national territory. (3) (New, SG No. 42/2001) Persons referred to in paragraph (2) holding a passport in accordance with the provisions of Article 38, item 2 may retain it, if they provide evidence of permanent residence or intention for permanent settlement in the Republic of Bulgaria. Article 36 (1) The passports of Bulgarian nationals shall be issued for a period of 5 years. (2) The passports issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Transport shall have 5-year validity. (3) In cases, where the passport is damaged, destroyed, lost, stolen or its pages are used up a new passport shall be issued. Article 37 (1) The passport’s term of validity may be extended only once, as an exception, by the diplomatic and consular representations of the Republic of Bulgaria abroad. (2) An extension of a passport’s term of validity shall be granted after an agreement with the body, which has issued it for a period of 6 months to persons who are to return to the country. Section II Types of Passports and Substituting Documents Article 38 For the purposes of crossing the state border and staying abroad the following types of passports shall be issued: 1. diplomatic passport - issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to persons designated by an act of the Council of Ministers; 2. regular passport - issued by the Ministry of Interior to persons travelling abroad; 3. seafarer’s passport - issued by the State Navigation Inspection to seafarers. Article 39 For the purposes of crossing the state border of the Republic of Bulgaria, besides the passports referred to in Article 38, the following substituting documents shall also be issued: 1. temporary passport for return to the Republic of Bulgaria - issued by the Bulgarian diplomatic and consular representations abroad to Bulgarian citizens without passports the term of validity of such passports shall be up to 6 months; 2. border pass - issued by the Ministry of Interior, according to international agreements, for a period of up to one year; 3. temporary passport for definitive departure from the Republic of Bulgaria - issued by the Ministry of Interior to persons who have lost their Bulgarian nationality. Article 40 (1) The covers of the various types of passports shall have the following colours: 1. diplomatic passport - dark blue; 2. regular passport – crimson (claret);

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3. seafarer’s passport - navy blue. (2) The colour tones of the covers of the various types of passports, as well as the colours of the covers of the substituting documents shall be set out by an act of the Council of Ministers. (3) The following shall be printed on the front side of the covers of passports and substituting documents: 1. the coat-of-arms of the Republic of Bulgaria and the text "Republic of Bulgaria" both in Bulgarian and English language; 2. the designation of the respective type of identity document both in Bulgarian and English language. Section III Data Contained in Passports and Substituting Documents Article 41 (1) Apart from the data referred to in Article 16, paragraph (1), the passports and the substituting documents shall contain: 1. photo of holder, as well as : 2. place of birth; 3. permanent address; 4. signature of holder; 5. number of the passport; 6. date of issue; 7. validity date; 8. name of the body, which has issued the passport. (2) The documents that substitute a passport shall not contain permanent address. (3) Apart from the data referred to in Article 18, the application for issuance of passports and substituting documents shall also contain information about: 1. parents (names, date of birth, nationality and personal number for foreign nationals); 2. brothers and sisters (names, date of birth, nationality and personal number for foreign nationals); 3. spouse (names, date of birth, nationality, national ID number or personal number for foreign nationals); 4. legal representative (names, date of birth, nationality, national ID number or personal number for foreign nationals); 5. decree of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria on change of citizenship. (4) When issuing passports to persons under the age of 14 no signature shall be affixed. Article 42 Certain types of passports and substituting documents, apart from the data referred to in Article 41, may also contain: 1. data relating to the occupation and social status of the holder thereof; 2. other data provided for by an act of the Council of Ministers.

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Issuing Procedure for Passports and Substituting Documents Article 43 Passport or substituting document shall be issued upon submission of an application to the relevant body and after that the person concerned has certified his/her identity. Article 44 The application shall be submitted personally and, in exceptional cases, by an authorised person upon presentation of an explicit letter of attorney to that effect certified by a notary public. Article 45 The application for issuance of passport to underage, juvenile and debarred persons shall be submitted by their persons, guardians or trustees. Article 46 The application shall be accompanied by: 1. document for paid state fee; 2. birth certificate for persons under the age of 18 ; 3. previous passports; 4. photos according to an approved model. Article 47 For the issuance of seafarer's passports the following shall also be presented: 1. written request by the ship owner or freighter certifying that the person concerned is performing duties, or is pursuing internship, or is included in the crew staff on other grounds; 2. certificate of qualification for the ship positions, which such qualification is required for. Article 48 (1) Passports shall be issued within 30 days from the date of submission of the relevant application. (2) In cases, where the application for the issuance of a passport has been lodged with diplomatic or consular representations abroad the time-limit for the issuance thereof shall be up to 90 days. Article 49 (1) Null and void shall be declared the passports of persons who: 1. have lost their Bulgarian citizenship; 2. have reported a loss, theft or destruction of their passport ; 3. whose passport's validity has expired; 4. have changed their personal data, as referred to in Article 16, paragraph (1). 5. have deceased. (2) The invalidity shall be declared by the body, which has issued the passport.

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Chapter IV DRIVING LICENCE Section I General Provisions Article 50 (1) The Bulgarian driving licence is an individual document certifying qualification for driving vehicles. (2) (As amended, SG No. 108/2000) The driving licence shall serve as identity document in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria. (3) Foreign nationals holding Bulgarian driving licence shall certify their identity by the travel document, which they have used for entering the Republic of Bulgaria or by any of the documents provided for in Article 59. Article 51 (1) The driving licence shall be issued to persons by the bodies of the Ministry of Interior under terms and conditions provided for by an act of the Council of Ministers. (2) The term of validity of the driving licence shall be 10 years and for persons with physical infirmities - up to 5 years. Article 52 Foreign driving licence may not be used for certifying identity within the meaning of Article 50, paragraph (2). Section II Data Contained in the Driving Licence Article 53 (1) The driving licence, apart from the data referred to in Article 16, paragraph (1), shall also contain: 1. photo of holder; 2. place of birth; 3. name of settlement according to the permanent address; 4. signature of holder; 5. licence’s number; 6. licence’s date of issue; 7. licence’s place of issue; 8. name of the body, which has issued the licence; 9. licence’s validity date; 10. category(s) of motor vehicles, which the driving licence is valid for; 11. special remarks (restrictive conditions on licence’s use). (2) The application for issuance of driving licence, apart from the data referred to in Article 18, shall contain data for:

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1. parents (names, date of birth, nationality, national ID number or personal number for foreign nationals); 2. spouse (name, date of birth, nationality, national ID number or personal number for foreign nationals). Article 54 The data contained in Article 53, paragraph (1), items 3, 7 and 8 shall be written in Bulgarian language and shall be accompanied by an English transliteration thereof, according to rules approved by the Council of Ministers. Chapter V BULGARIAN IDENTITY DOCUMENTS ISSUED TO FOREIGN NATIONALS RESIDING IN THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA Section I General Provisions Article 55 Any foreign national, who has completed the age of 14 and has been granted a permit to stay in the Republic of Bulgaria for a period longer than 3 months, shall be issued a Bulgarian identity document for a foreign national residing in the country. Article 56 The permits and the refusals of residence in the Republic of Bulgaria for foreign nationals shall be provided by law. Article 57 (1) The Bulgarian identity document for a foreign national shall be valid in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria along with his/her national foreign travel document. (2) Stateless persons and asylum seeking foreign nationals may certify their identity by Bulgarian identity document only. Article 58 Foreign nationals residing in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria for a period of up to 3 months shall certify their identity by the foreign travel document, which they have used for entering the country. Section II Types of Bulgarian Identity Documents Issued to Foreign Nationals Residing in the Republic of Bulgaria

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Article 59 (1) (Former Article 59, SG No. 53/1999; effective as of August 1, 1999) The following Bulgarian identity documents shall be issued to foreign nationals who have been admitted to reside in the Republic of Bulgaria: 1. long-term resident’s card for foreign nationals residing on a long-term basis in the Republic of Bulgaria, which shall be issued by the bodies of the Ministry of Interior and shall have a period of validity of up to one year; 2. permanent resident’s card for foreign nationals permanently residing in the Republic of Bulgaria, which shall be issued by the bodies of the Ministry of Interior and shall have a period of validity, depending on the validity of the national passport on which the person concerned has entered the Republic of Bulgaria; 3. temporary refugee card, which shall be issued to foreign nationals who are undergoing a procedure for granting refugee status; 4. refugee card, which shall be issued to persons who have been granted a refugee status and which shall have a validity of up to 3 years; 5. foreign travel certificate for refugees; 6. foreign travel certificate for stateless persons, which shall be issued by the bodies of the Ministry of Interior to foreign nationals who have been granted the status of a stateless person and have been admitted to permanently reside in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria; 7. temporary card for foreign nationals, which shall be issued by the bodies of the Ministry of Interior to foreign nationals, whose national identity documents have been revoked in the cases provided by law; 8. Bulgarian visa sticker, which shall be issued to foreign nationals from the diplomatic or consular representations of the Republic of Bulgaria abroad and shall serve for entry and passing through the country. (2) (New, SG No. 53/1999, effective as of August 1, 1999) The certificate for return of a foreign national to the Republic of Bulgaria shall be issued to stateless persons or refugees, who have lost abroad their Bulgarian identity documents referred to in paragraph (1), items 5 and 6. The same document shall be issued also to family members within the meaning of the Law on Refugees to refugees, who have been granted such status in the Republic of Bulgaria when they do not hold valid national travel documents. Article 60 The documents certifying the identity of refugees residing in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria shall be issued by the Ministry of Interior. Section III Data Contained in the Identity Documents for Foreign Nationals Article 61 (1) Bulgarian identity documents for foreign nationals, apart from the data referred to in Article 16, paragraph (1), shall also contain data for: 1. photo of holder; 2. place of birth; 3. height; 4. eye colour; 5. permanent address;

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6. signature of holder; 7. number of the document; 8. date of issue; 9. validity date; 10. name of the body, which has issued the document; 11. other data provided by law. (2) The permanent address shall be entered in the identity documents of foreign nationals who have been granted a permanent resident’s permit for the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria or a refugee status. (3) In case of long-term residents or foreign nationals who are undergoing a procedure for granting a refugee status, the present address shall be entered in their identity documents. Article 62 Bulgarian identity document for a foreign national shall be issued on the grounds of application to the relevant body against presentation of the travel document, which the foreign national has used for entering the country. Article 63 The application for issuance of Bulgarian identity document for a foreign national, apart from the data referred to in Article 18, shall also contain data about: 1. parents (names, date of birth, nationality and personal number for foreign nationals); 2. brothers and sisters (names, dates of birth, nationality and personal number for foreign nationals); 3. spouse (name, date of birth, nationality, national ID number or personal number for foreign nationals, has he or she been a Bulgarian national and when, present place of residence); 4. children under the age of 14 (names, dates of birth, nationality, national ID number or personal number for foreign nationals); 5. legal representative (names, date of birth, nationality, national ID number or personal number for foreign nationals); 6. decree of the President of the Republic of Bulgaria on change of citizenship; 7. address abroad; 8. occupation abroad; 9. travel document (series, number, date and place of issue and term of validity); 10. visa (type, number and date of issue, place of issue and term of residence, as indicated in the visa); 11. date and place of entry in the Republic of Bulgaria; 12. purpose of coming to the Republic of Bulgaria; 13. grounds on which residence in the Republic of Bulgaria has been permitted; 14. duration of the residence in the Republic of Bulgaria; 15. address in the Republic of Bulgaria (names of the owner or user of the place of accommodation); 16. data about the establishments, organisations and persons undertaking the support of the person concerned; 17. has the person been Bulgarian national, when and under what name; 18. is he/she accompanied by persons under the age of 14 who are registered in his/her passport and with respect to whom the person concerned has parental or guardian's rights (names, nationality, dates of birth, places of birth, addresses, personal numbers); 19. data about previous periods of residence in the Republic of Bulgaria (when, for how long, addresses);

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20. other data provided by law. Article 64 The procedure and manner of issuance of identity documents for foreign nationals shall be laid down by an act of the Council of Ministers. Chapter VI INFORMATION DATABASES RELATED TO THE BULGARIAN IDENTITY DOCUMENTS Section I Establishment of Information Databases and Storage of the Data Contained Therein Article 65 (1) For the purposes of issuance, use and storage of the Bulgarian identity documents documentary, filing and automated information databases shall be established and maintained, which shall contain: 1. data from the identity documents and the applications for the issuance thereof; 2. former meaning of the personal data from the identity documents and the applications for the issuance thereof; 3. official (non-personal) data related to the identity documents. (2) When establishing the automated information databases referred to in paragraph (1), data from other information databases provided by law may also be used. (3) Based on the automated information databases referred to in paragraph (1) a National Automated Information Database for the Bulgarian identity documents shall be established. Article 66 (1) The data for any imposed state enforcement measures related to the Bulgarian identity documents shall be kept in a separate information database. (2) Data about any state enforcement measures related to the identity documents of foreign nationals or their residence in the Republic of Bulgaria shall be also stored in the information database referred to in paragraph (1). Article 67 The automated information databases referred to in Articles 65 and 66 shall be kept separately and independently from any other automated information databases, unless otherwise provided by law. Article 68 The technological requirements for the establishment and keeping the information databases shall be laid down by an act of the Council of Ministers. Section II Information Databases Use and Protection

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Article 69 (1) The administrative bodies issuing identity documents shall use the data kept in the information databases designed for public administrative services. (2) The use of data from the information databases shall be admitted in accordance with a procedure established by law in cases of threat for the national security, for the purposes of revealing, prevention and repression of crime, as well as in cases of violation of public order. Article 70 (1) The data from the information databases of Bulgarian identity documents shall be made available to: 1. state bodies and organisations in accordance with their relevant competencies established by law; 2. Bulgarian and foreign nationals holding Bulgarian identity documents, provided that the relevant data do not concern third persons; 3. Bulgarian and foreign corporate bodies pursuant to a law or act of the judiciary. (2) The access to data on behalf of foreign official representations in the Republic of Bulgaria shall be carried out through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in accordance with bilateral and multilateral agreements ratified by the Bulgarian State. (3) Bulgarian and foreign nationals holding Bulgarian identity documents shall be entitled to obtain information kept in the databases related to the Bulgarian identity documents, which refer to any third person only on the grounds of law or act of the judiciary. (4) Data referred to in paragraphs (1), (2) and (3) shall be made available according to a procedure laid down by an act of the Council of Ministers. Article 71 The refusal to provide information about data contained in the information databases provided by this law shall be subject of appeal according to the procedure provided by the Law on Administrative Procedure. Article 72 In order to protect the data stored in the information databases for the Bulgarian identity documents against accidental or unauthorised destruction, as well as in case of accidental lost and unauthorised access, alteration or disclosure special protection measures shall be taken in compliance with the Convention for protection of individuals with regard to the automatic processing of personal data, according to a procedure approved by the Council of Ministers. Article 73 (1) Bodies, natural and legal persons that have obtained data from the information databases may, in case of established inaccuracy therein, require the body that has provided the data to correct such inaccuracies. (2) Corrections of the data referred to in paragraph (1) shall be made by the body, which is legally competent for their authenticity. Chapter VII

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COERCIVE ADMINISTRATIVE MEASURES Section I Coercive Administrative Measures Article 74 (1) Personal identity cards shall be temporarily withdrawn in cases of: 1. imposed custody bail; 2. imprisonment; 3. serving of imposed the administrative measure "detention in the detachments of the Ministry of Interior"; 4. other cases provided by law. (2) Personal identity card shall be returned to the holder thereof, when the grounds for its withdrawal cease to exist. Article 75 Departure from the country shall not be allowed, and passports and substituting documents shall not be issued or already issued documents shall be withdrawn in regard with: 1. persons for whom sufficient evidence exist that their travel constitutes an immediate threat for the security of the Republic of Bulgaria; 2. (Repealed, SG No. 67/1999) 3. (As amended, SG No. 70/1999) Persons with respect to whom a ban has been imposed pursuant to Article 153a of the Code of Penal Procedure, as well as persons who are sentenced to imprisonment until they serve the relevant punishment imposed, except for the cases referred to in Article 66 of the Penal Code. 4. persons who are sentenced to pay alimony to someone else and who have failed to do so during the period of their residence abroad; 5. persons who have large scale financial liabilities to the state , which have been established by an enforced act of the competent body or through court procedures, unless they provide a proper collateral for such liabilities. Article 76 Departure from the country shall not be allowed and passports and substituting documents shall not be issued, and those already issued shall be withdrawn in regard with: 1. persons with respect to whom prosecution is instituted for intentional indictable offence, which is punishable by imprisonment of up to three years, as well as persons sentenced for such crime until they serve the relevant punishment imposed; 2. persons convicted for intentional indictable offences, but who are not rehabilitated; 3. persons who have large scale financial liabilities to Bulgarian natural and legal persons, which have been established by court procedure, unless their personal property covers the liability or if they provide a proper collateral; 4. persons, who at the time of applying for issuance of passport or other documents for crossing the state border have provided incorrect data related to grounds for refusal or to circumstances of losing, theft or destruction of the passport or substituting document that they have been issued - for a period of one year from the submission of the relevant application;

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5. persons, who during their stay in another country have committed violations of the legislation of the country concerned - one year from the receipt of an official note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the violation committed ; 6. persons, who are deported or expelled from another country for violations of the passport and visa regime - for a period of one year from the receipt of an official note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the violation committed ; 7. persons repeatedly punished for violations of the Bulgarian customs, tax or foreign exchange legislation - for a period of one year from the last punishment; 8. persons, who have declared an identity document as being lost, stolen or physically destroyed, but it has been established that they are still using it. 9. (New, SG No. 67/1999) underage and juvenile, as well as debarred persons, who have no written consent for travel abroad on behalf of their parents, guardians or trustees. Article 77 Persons outside the Republic of Bulgaria, who have been imposed coercive administrative measures under Articles 75 and 76, shall be issued temporary passports for return to the country. Article 78 (As supplemented, SG No. 42/2001) Coercive administrative measures shall be applied on the grounds of a motivated order of the Minister of Interior or by officials authorised by him to exercise the powers provided for by this section. Article 79 (1) (Former Article 79, as amended, SG No. 42/2001) The issuance of the orders referred to in Article 78, except for those issued pursuant to the provisions of Article 75, items 1 and 3, shall be carried out according to the procedure provided by the Law on Administrative Procedure and shall be subject of appeal according to the provisions of the Law on the Supreme Administrative Court. (2) (New, SG No. 42/2001) When issuing the orders referred to in Article 75, items 1 and 3, the provisions of Article 7, paragraph (2) and Article 11 of the Law on Administrative Procedure shall not apply. (3) (New, SG No. 42/2001) The orders referred to in paragraph (2) shall be subject to immediate execution and may be appealed in accordance with the procedure provided by the Law on Administrative Procedure. (4) (New, SG no. 42/2001) The appeal against an order, as referred to in paragraph (2), shall not suspend the execution of the order concerned. Section II Administrative and Penal Provisions Article 80 A fine from BGN 50 to 300 shall be imposed on a person who: 1. uses forged or somebody else's identity documents, provided that such person is not subject to a more severe punishment;

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2. takes away, retains without the consent of the holder, receives or destroys an identity document of another person; 3. accepts or puts in pawn, or remises Bulgarian identity document; 4. (Repealed, SG No. 108/2000) 5. does not provide an identity document, when so requested by the competent officials; 6. (Repealed, SG No. 108/2000) 7. (Repealed, SG No. 108/2000) Article 81 (1) A fine from BGN 20 to 150 shall be imposed on a Bulgarian national who: 1. (Repealed, SG No. 108/2000) 2. does not inform the competent Bulgarian bodies of the acquisition of identity documents issued by another state within the time-limit set for the purpose; 3. loses, damages or destroys Bulgarian identity document; 4. impedes the authorised bodies from carrying out inspection in order to establish his/her identity; 5. does not submit an identity document to the issuing body within 3 months from the expiration of the validity thereof; 6. declares untrue data at the time of submitting an application for the issuance of identity documents, provided that such person is not subject to a more severe punishment pursuant to the provisions of another law; 7. uses invalid Bulgarian identity documents; 8. does not replace his/her identity documents within 30 days in case of change of name, personal data or permanent and significant changes of face; 9. does not undertake the appropriate actions in his/her capacity of a legal representative for the provision of an identity document for the person whose representative is. (2) If the act referred to in paragraph (1) is committed by a foreign national, the fine shall be up to BGN 3 000. Article 82 For minor violations of this law a fine of up to BGN 20 against a receipt shall be imposed by the duly authorised persons. Article 83 (Repealed, SG No. 108/2000) Article 84 (1) Violations shall be established by acts drawn up by competent officials authorised by the heads of the administrative bodies referred to in Article 1, paragraph (2) of this law. (2) Based on the acts drawn up the heads of the administrative bodies referred to in paragraph (1), or officials authorised by them, shall issue relevant penal provisions. (3) The establishment of violations and the issuance of penal provisions shall be performed in accordance with the procedure provided for in the Law on Administrative Violations and Sanctions, while the appeal thereof shall be subject to the provisions of the Law on the Supreme Administrative Court.

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ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS § 1. For the purposes of this law: 1. "Identity document" shall mean a certifying document issued by the competent authorities of the Republic of Bulgaria for the purposes of the individual identification of Bulgarian and foreign nationals. 2. "Invalid identity document" shall be such document that: a) is not issued in accordance with the procedure laid down in this law and does not contain the data provided for therein; b) is not officially certified by the body, which has issued it or has been issued by an incompetent person or body ; c) does not allow identification of the identity of the holder by his/her photo; d) contains corrections, strikes-off, deletions, additions and other in the data; e) shows evidence of photo substitution, or the seal is not clear, or the face on the photo does not coincide with the actual face of the person concerned; f) has missing pages or such that are not added by the body, which has issued the document; g) has expired. 3. "Permanent address" shall mean the address in the settlement in the territory of the Republic of Bulgaria, where the citizen in registered in the register of population. 4. "Present address" may be the permanent address or another address of residence of the person concerned. 5. "Large scale financial liabilities " shall be such liabilities that exceed the amount of BGN 5 000. 6. "Permanent changes of face" shall mean: age changes or changes caused by a disease, traumas, surgical intervention, etc., which do not allow identification of the person concerned by a photo taken before the occurrence of such changes. 7. "Transliteration" shall mean a process of reproduction (transformation) of letters or syllables of one language into written signs of another language. 8. "Marine persons" shall mean natural persons, who perform duties on a ship or are included in the list of the crew on some other grounds. "Marine persons" shall mean also natural persons, who ashore perform duties related to the navigation or the control thereof. 9. "Machine-readable identity documents" shall mean documents issued according to the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for DOC 9303 machine-readable travel documents. 10. "Visual area" of the identity documents shall mean the area containing personal data of the document’s holder that allow visual inspection thereof without using technical means. 11. "Machine-readable area" of the identity documents shall mean the area allowing visual and optic sign inspection by technical devices according to the ISO1073-2 requirements of the International Standardisation Organisation by the font type of the ‘OCR-B’ printed data. 12. "Repeated" shall mean an offence committed within one year from the enactment of a punishment imposed for the same type of offence. 13. "Personal data" shall mean any information regarding a certain natural person. 14. "Automated processing" shall include the following operations, which are fully or partially performed by machines: data registration, execution of logical or arithmetic operations with respect to such data, alteration, erasure, retrieval or dissemination thereof. TRANSITIONAL AND FINAL PROVISIONS § 2. Bulgarian identity documents shall be manufactured in accordance with the ICAO DOC 9303 recommendations in the following formats:

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1. passport for Bulgarian national - format ID-3; 2. emigrant passport and travel certificates for foreign nationals - format ID-3; 3. Bulgarian visa sticker - format A; 4. all other Bulgarian identity documents - format ID-1. § 3. The models of the Bulgarian identity documents, the special protection elements, including the selection of the material, which they shall be manufactured from, shall be approved by an act of the Council of Ministers on a proposal of the Minister of Interior, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Transport. § 4. The models of the application forms for issuance of Bulgarian identity documents shall be approved by the Council of Ministers on a proposal of the Minister of Interior. § 5. The following are hereby repealed: 1. Decree No. 2772 on passports and address registration of the citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria (published, SG No. 100/1980; as amended, SG No. 11/1998). 2. The Law on Foreign Travel Passports (published, SG No. 92/1969; as amended, SG Nos. 38/1989, 7/1991, 9/1991, 11/1998). 3. The Law on Seafarer’s Passports (SG, No. 42/1994). § 6. Article 102 of the Law on Defence and Armed Forces of the Republic of Bulgaria (published, SG No. 112/1995; as amended, SG Nos. 67/1996, 122/1997, 70/1998) shall be amended and shall read, as follows: ‘Article 102. (1) Any recruited member of the armed forces shall be issued a military book, which shall be endorsed by the commander or the head of the detachment. It shall specify the functions and rank of the person concerned, as well as other data provided for in the statutes of the armed forces. (2) The identity documents issued in accordance with the procedure provided for by the Law on Bulgarian Identity Documents shall be kept in the detachment, where the recruited member of the armed forces serves his time as a soldier.’ § 7. The following amendments shall be introduced to Article 11 of the Law on Foreign Nationals’ Abode in the Republic of Bulgaria (published, SG No. 93/1972; as amended, SG Nos. 36/1979, 17/1987, 26/1988, 53/1989, 27/1994, 120/1997, 11/1998): 1. In paragraph (2) the second sentence shall be deleted. 2. In paragraph (3) the expression "identity certificate" shall be replaced by "permanent resident’s card for a foreign national, who is permanently residing in the Republic of Bulgaria". § 8. Pending the entry into force of the Law on Bulgarian Identity Documents the existing legislation shall apply. § 9. The identity documents issued under the existing legislation shall be valid and replaced, depending on their type as of the time of entry into force of this law, as follows: 1. (As amended, SG Nos. 113/1999 and 108/2000) passport of a citizen of the Republic of Bulgaria - by a personal identity card of a citizen of the Republic of Bulgaria within December 31, 2001; 2. (As amended, SH No. 113/1999) diplomatic passport, official passport, foreign travel passport and seafarer’s passport of Bulgarian national - by diplomatic passport, regular passport and seafarer’s passport of Bulgarian national within December 31, 2000;

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3. (As amended, SG Nos. 113/1999 and 108/2000) driving licence - by the driving licence provided by this law within December 31, 2001; 4. (As amended, SG No. 113/1999) pass for return to the Republic of Bulgaria, official pass, pass for definitive departure from the Republic of Bulgaria for persons, who are released of Bulgarian nationality - by temporary passport for return to the Republic of Bulgaria, border pass, temporary passport for definitive departure from the Republic of Bulgaria within December 31, 2000; 5. identity certificate for foreign nationals, identity certificate for refugees, foreign travel certificate for stateless persons, foreign travel certificate for refugees - by a card for temporary residing in the Republic of Bulgaria foreign nationals, refugee card, temporary refugee card, foreign travel certificate for stateless persons , foreign travel certificate for refugees, certificate for leaving the Republic of Bulgaria, temporary card for foreign nationals and Bulgarian visa sticker within two years. § 9a. (New, SG No. 108/2000) Bulgarian nationals who have completed the age of 70 shall replace their identity documents, and namely the passport of a citizen of the Republic of Bulgaria by a personal identity card and driving licence at their own will or due to expired term of validity. § 10. The issuance of Bulgarian identity documents and the provision of data from the information databases shall be subject to charges the amount and the procedure for the collection thereof shall be established by an act of the Council of Ministers. § 11. This law shall enter into force as of April 1, 1999. § 12. (New, SG No. 67/1999; effective as of April 1, 1999; repealed, SG No. 113/1999) § 13. (New, SG No. 67/1999; effective as of April 1, 1999; repealed, SG No. 113/1999) § 14. (New, SG No. 67/1999; effective as of April 1, 1999; repealed, SG No. 113/1999) § 15. (New, SG No. 67/1999; effective as of April 1, 1999; repealed, SG No. 113/1999) § 16. (New, SG No. 67/1999; effective as of April 1, 1999; repealed, SG No. 113/1999) § 17. (New, SG No. 67/1999; effective as of April 1, 1999; repealed, SG No. 113/1999) § 18. (New, SG No. 67/1999; effective as of April 1, 1999; repealed, SG No. 113/1999) § 19. (New, SG No. 67/1999; effective as of April 1, 1999) The applications for issuance of diplomatic passport shall be submitted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where data specified therein shall be verified with those contained in the information databases of USCRASP and shall be officially certified as "data confirmed ". The personalised passport shall be obtained at the place, where the relevant application has been submitted. § 20. (New, SG No. 67/1999; effective as of April 1, 1999) The applications for issuance of seafarer’s passport shall be submitted to the Ministry of Transport, where data specified therein shall be verified with those contained in the information databases of USCRASP and shall be officially certified as "data confirmed ". The personalised passport shall be obtained at the place, where the relevant application has been submitted.

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§ 21. (New, SG No. 67/1999; effective as of April 1, 1999) The applications for issuance of identity documents for foreign nationals and refugees shall be lodged with the Directorate of the National Police Service, or the Metropolitan or Regional Directorates of Interior in accordance with a procedure approved by the Council of Ministers. The personalised identity document shall be obtained at the place, where the relevant application has been submitted.

§ 22. (New, SG No. 67/1999; ) Paragraphs 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 18, 19, 20 and 21 of the transitional and final provisions of this law shall enter into force as of April 1, 1999. § 23. (Former § 12, SG No. 67/1999) The implementation of this law shall be assigned to the Minister of Interior, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Transport. This law was adopted by the 38th National Assembly on July 28, 1998 and bears the official seal of the National Assembly.

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