Someone just let me know that samples of Chile’s new national identity cards, known locally as cédula de identidad (or documento nacional de identidad, DNI), feature a QR Code linking to justinsomnia.org. This is not the first time that Chile has taken a liking to my QR Code. ¡Hola chilenos curiosos!
You can see some unannotated samples on Diario Financiero Online. You can also see samples on Chile’s own Registro Civil website, buried in one of their many FAQs about the new cards (which incredibly all load within an iframe, so there are no true permalinks). Here’s a screenshot of the page for posterity:
I found an article on Terra.cl which described the inclusion of the QR Code on the new identity cards:
Otra novedad es la incorporación del código QR, que reemplazó al código de barra bidimensional del reverso de la actual cédula de identidad. “Esto permite enlazar directamente con el sitio web del registro civil para verificar si la cédula está vigente, no está bloqueada, o si fue emitida válidamente”.
Which Google translates as:
Another innovation is the introduction of the QR code, replacing the two-dimensional barcode on the back of the current identity card. “This allows you to link directly to the civil registry website to check whether the certificate is valid, not locked, or if it was validly issued”.
Just for good measure, my QR Code is also prominently featured in this CNN Chile video around the 0:40 second mark, with a closeup at 0:50, and then again at 1:18. They love my QR Code!
If you find yourself puzzling over “why that QR Code goes to justinsomnia.org?“, you wouldn’t be alone.