The government has emphasised its commitment to a national ID card scheme by announcing that anyone failing to register will face a £2,500 fine.
Anyone who does not notify the government of a change of address will have to pay £1,000 as will anyone who is caught tampering with the database, a crime that also carries a 10-year jail sentence.
The fines and jail terms were announced yesterday in the Identity Cards Bill, published by the Home Office and the scheme will be phased in from 2007-2008.
The cards will be combined with passports and could double as proof of age cards offering licensees ultimate evidence that customers are 18 and over.
Delivering the Bill in Parliament yesterday, David Blunkett said: "Strengthening our identity is one way of reinforcing people's confidence and sense of citizenship and well-being. Knowing one's true identity and being able to demonstrate it is a positive plus. It is a basic human right that all of us should treasure, so reforming the identity system is crucial."