Lat­vian eID card to be com­pul­sory from 2023

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For the cit­i­zens of Latvia, the eID card cur­rently used on par with the Lat­vian pass­port, will be­come the pri­mary doc­u­ment for prov­ing a per­son’s iden­tity from the year 2023.

The Lat­vian Min­istry of En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment stated on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 29, that the pass­port would be from then on a sec­ondary per­sonal iden­tity doc­u­ment or a travel doc­u­ment.

The govern­ment backed on Tues­day, Au­gust 28, cor­re­spond­ing draft amend­ments to the Law on Per­sonal Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Doc­u­ments, which also set forth a tran­si­tion pe­riod from 2019 to 2022. Ac­cord­ing to Kas­pars Ger­hards, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter, the eID card can cur­rently be used for travel, sign­ing doc­u­ments on­line with the elec­tronic sig­na­ture and for ap­ply­ing for and re­ceiv­ing on­line ser­vices.

Edijs Pālens/LETA

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