Day of Romanian Passport, 100 years since first modern law in this field

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The Day of Romanian Passport is celebrated today, as 100 years since the promulgation of the first modern law in the country’s history are remembered.

‘This year, March 19 is a special moment to the passport police officers all over the country, because 100 years ago the first modern law in the country’s history – the High Royal Decree no. 1,758 called the Law on Passports, was promulgated. In its 100 years of existence, the Romanian passport has evolved and modernised at the same time with the Romanian society,’ reads a press release issued by the Passport General Directorate.

A landmark in the historical developments of the Romanian passport was the promulgation on March 19, 1912 of the first modern law in this field.

Under that law, Romania introduced the first general procedure principles about passports and border crossing tickets mandatory for authorities and citizens.

In WWII, the year 1941, the category of service passports was introduced that was different from the others by a special technique of broaching the sheets to the cover in a fan effect.

Romania, a member state of the European Union, has introduced the electronic passport, under Council Regulation (EC) No 2252/2004 of 13 December 2004 on standards for security features and biometrics in passports and travel documents issued by EU member states.

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