Starting from January 1st 2005 any person above 14 years old is required to carry identification papers at all time. Police may ask your identification papers (like your passport or ID-card). If you do not have it on you when asked, you risk a fine of €50 (the police is using a low-tolerance approach towards offenders of this law).
Well, I do not like to carry my identification papers at all time. So I think I will risk it. However, if you are stopped by the police and asked for your papers remember to also ask for theirs AT THE SAME TIME! So only give them your papers, when at the same time they give you theirs! You also have the right to ask for the papers of the police officer. And do not forget to write them down somewhere! This way, the control time takes twice as long and the police officers hate that. In this way we can force the police officers only to exercise the law to ask for identification papers when really needed (in case when a crime has been committed). If a police officer does not want to give his or her identification papers, write down any identifying mark you can find (like licenseplate on the car, or badge number) and go to the police headquarters and file a complaint against this officer. If you still do not get the name of the officer from the desk, file a complaint with the chief of the police station about the whole issue (including the non-assistance from the officers at the desk).
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