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This would merely show that the card is not forged. It would not detect someone using a stolen card as their own - and there would be plenty of lost and stolen ID cards about. Even though most people guard their passports carefully, in 2004 over 300,000 UK passports were lost or stolen . Ministers say they want their Identity Scheme to become the "Gold Standard" for personal identity , and that people should use ID cards to prove "who you are, day in, day out", offering many more opportunities to lose them than occasionally-used passports.