With the ReadID NFC app you can read the NFC chip that is in your passport or identity card, using the NFC capability of your iPhone (iPhone 7 or later).
This app is based on ReadID, a mobile identity document verification technology. It can read and verify the authenticity of identity documents that have a chip, which includes most passports and many identity cards. Before being able to read the chip, the app first needs to scan the so-called Machine Readable Zone of the identity document since this contains the password needed to get access to the chip.
This app works client-only, meaning that the personal data from your identity document does not leave your phone.
Improved MRZ capture, other small bug fixes and new features.
Ratings and Reviews
Works on the US passport
It works. Just need to play around until you find the sweet spot where the chip matches your reader. Beware you might need to rotate your phone to be able to match.
After I saw my data on the app, honestly I felt vulnerable. I read the privacy statement on the developer website and they claim they don’t store the data, which is great.
Overall this is a cool app. I can see a lot of use for it for various projects. The world is moving towards contactless tech so this app has potentials. Please don’t store the data though haha :)
Good app, really works
Finally an iOS compatible app that actually reads a US passport. It’s tricky when you scan the RFID chip since you have to position the top of the phone exactly around the center of the passport’s back cover. Also, make sure the passport booklet is open, otherwise the cover’s material will block the signal. It’s a security feature built into the passport. I do hope my data can be downloaded into a text file, instead of view only. Also, I tried on two genuine passports. One was issued about 4 years ago, and it shows data authentic and country signer as “SUCCEEDED found a chain to a trust anchor”. The other passport was issued about 3 months ago, and it shows as authenticity not validated, due to the country signer as FAILED. I know for a fact both passports are real, why is the new passport won’t pass authenticity check? Is it because the passport is too new, and the RSA encryption is different? I’m not aware of a security update to US passports in the past 4 years. Can someone explain? Thanks!
Developer Response ,
Thanks for the review. US passports are I think the most tricky in the world to read the chip from, good to read is works for you. The app has a list of so-called country certificates built in, for a very new passport it may require not have the associated country certificate. I looked at our statistically data, and think that is what happening here. We'll check if there are new certificates and if so update the app. ^MW
It worked with my Italian passport but my Argentine passport chip expiration date didn’t match the passport. It was only valid for 3 years but my passport is valid for 10 years. Should I be concerned? The passports are fairly new: 2021 and 2019 for the one with the problem.
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- 21.2 MB
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later.
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