From next Monday, November 8, it will be possible to apply for new ID cards with fingerprints. The signature of the holder will return to the graphic layer of the documents. There will also be a designation of a member state against the background of the European Union flag.
New ID cards were initially to be issued from August 2. However, the changes had to be postponed after the government gave up the purchase of fingerprint scanners, which, in the opinion of the Internal Security Agency, did not meet the security requirements. As a result, it was necessary to select a new equipment supplier.
At the end of September this year. Janusz Cieszyński, secretary of state in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, announced that new fingerprint readers – 7,450 scanners – were delivered to all municipalities. As announced, local government employees were to test the new system in recent weeks.
ID card registry break
In connection with the implementation of new ID cards, a technical break in the operation of the Register of Personal IDs (RDO) began on Friday. In all offices in Poland, applications for ID cards on Friday were accepted only until 12.
Until the afternoon hours on Saturday, some e-services based on RDO may not be available. “At that time, you may have a problem with using the e-ID in the login.gov.pl and signature.gov.pl applications and with the operation of the mObywatel application (in terms of downloading data)” – explained the digitization department, which is part of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. It was indicated that the work may extend to the morning hours on Sunday. “If this happened – we will inform about it” – was assured.
Difficulties resulting from the implementation of new evidence will also apply to the State Registers System (SRP). “Therefore, on Saturday, November 6 from 8 am to 5 pm, services based on this System and the Source application will not be available,” announced the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.
New ID cards – changes
After the changes to e-evidence (evidence with an electronic layer), a second biometric feature will be introduced, i.e. two fingerprints in digital formats. The first feature that is included in e-IDs issued since March 2019 is facial image.
The signature of the holder will return to the graphic layer of the evidence. There will also be a designation of the member state against the background of the European Union flag. Both fingerprints and signature will be included in the ID cards of people over 12 years of age, except for those who cannot take fingerprints or sign them.
The inclusion of fingerprints in evidence means that it is not possible to apply for such a document over the Internet. This possibility disappeared on July 27. This service will be available from Sunday for children under 12 years of age.
Persons who cannot actually go to the commune office will be able to use a mobile station operated by officials, allowing for fingerprinting outside the office. Such stations are to be found in every poviat.
Identity cards – validity period
New ID cards, such as those issued from 2019, will generally be valid for 5 or 10 years. A five-year validity period will have evidence of children under 12 years of age. On the other hand, ID cards of persons for whom fingerprinting will be temporarily impossible, will be valid for 12 months.
Changes in ID cards do not necessitate the replacement of the existing ones. The documents will be valid for the period for which they were issued.
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