eID to be mandatory in Latvia

03/09/18

eID cards are set to become mandatory ID for all Latvians over 15, according to local media.

The change is included in draft amendments to the Personal Identification Documents Law which the government endorsed on August 29, reported Latvian Public Broadcasting.

The agency notes that the move comes after the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry drafted the legislative amendments to transpose an EU regulation intended to enable secure cross-border electronic transactions within the bloc's internal market.

"The regulation obliges all EU member states to ensure by September 2018 that people and businesses can use their own national eIDs to access public services in other EU member states".

"The eID card will be mandatory for all citizens and non-citizens of Latvia who have reached the age of 15. Passports, meanwhile, will become an optional document people will be able to use as a travel document in countries where eID cards are not recognized as valid identification and travel documents," the Environmental Protection and Regional Development Ministry said.

 

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