Uzbekistan begins issuing new ID cards


Central Asian country Uzbekistan has started issuing new eID cards, with officials saying they will by 2023 replace documents know as "internal biometric passports".

The press service of the Uzbek Interior Ministry confirmed on Monday that the cards will be issued for 10 years and will be valid only on the territory of Uzbekistan.

From Jan. 1, 2023, it will become mandatory to exchange of domestic biometric passports for the ID-cards.

Submission of an application for replacing a biometric passport with an ID-card is now possible through the Single Portal for Government Services.

The introduction of national ID cards in Uzbekistan was supposed to start in July 2018. However, at the suggestion of the country's Interior Ministry and relevant ministries and agencies, it was decided to postpone the process due to the active introduction of foreign biometric passports for citizens of the country.

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