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Central registration authority for Issuer Identification Number (IIN)

The SNV is the central registration authority for e-business identification numbers.

The SNV is the service to contact for issuers of identification cards such as:

  • department stores
  • health insurance schemes
  • trading companies
  • and telecommunications companies

In Switzerland, SNV acts as a registration or sponsoring authority for:

  • Issuer Identification Number (IIN) as per ISO/ IEC 7812 series
  • IINs for identification cards in international trade (HIN) as per SN 074011
  • IINs with numbering system for national identity cards (HIN) as per SN 074012
  • IINs for machine-readable cards for applications in healthcare (HIN) as per SN EN 1867
  • Registered Application Provider Identifier international/RID international as per ISO/ IEC 7816 series
  • Registered Application Provider Identifier national/RID national as per ISO/ IEC 7816 series

Why do we need IINS?

Credit, customer, account or patient cards are usually not just designated one single identification number. The multifunctional cards contain a unique issuer number for magnetic strips and a chip. These identification numbers clearly identify their holders and represent a traceable reference to the issuer of the application on the card.
Ongoing globalization requires both networking and absence of overlap within the relevant number structures.

Standardization and registration of identification numbers greatly helps to guarantee absence of overlap within number structures.

The following standards are applied:

  • Issuer Identification Numbers (IIN) as per ISO/ IEC 7812 series “Identification Cards – identifying a card issuer”
  • Issuer numbers for identity cards in international trade (HIN) as per SN 074011 “Numbering and Trace Structure of Identification Cards in International Trade”
  • Issuer Identification Numbers with numbering system for national identification cards (HIN) as per SN 074012 “National Numbering System for Identification Cards”
  • Issuer Identification Numbers for machine-readable cards, for applications in healthcare (HIN) as per SN EN 1867 “Machine-Readable Cards – applications in healthcare – numbering system and registration procedure for card issuer keys”
  • Registered Application Provider Identifier international/RID international as per ISO/ IEC 7816 series
  • Registered Application Provider Identifier national/RID national as per ISO/ IEC 7816 series
  • SNV is the central registration or sponsoring authority in Switzerland for card issuer numbers conforming to the standards.
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