New ID cards have been given a green light. From Monday, November 8, Poles will be able to submit applications for ID cards with the second biometric feature, informed Janusz Cieszyński, secretary of state in the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, at a press conference on Tuesday. As he said, there are already new fingerprint readers in all municipalities.
New ID cards – with fingerprints and the signature of the holder – were initially to be issued from 2 August. 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. The proceedings in this case have already ended.
– Thanks to the fact that the procurement procedure was carried out quickly and efficiently, today in all municipalities throughout Poland there are new readers, readers that meet all standards, have undergone thorough security tests, including such tests in offices during which local government employees check how they work new system. So that we can be sure that everything is fine – said Janusz Cieszyński, the Government Plenipotentiary for Cybersecurity.
Therefore, he added, “the deadline for implementing ID cards with a new, second biometric layer will be November 7 this year”. – This is Sunday, that is, in fact, from Monday (November 8 – ed.), These new evidence will be launched in the offices – pointed out Cieszyński.
Identity cards – changes
After the changes, a second biometric feature will be introduced to e-evidence (evidence with an electronic layer), 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 a 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 for children under the age of 12, but only from the date of implementation of technical solutions for issuing an ID card with fingerprints. 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. An exception, also related to an urgent amendment to the regulations, is the validity period of evidence of persons over 12 years of age, issued from August 2 until the date of implementation of new evidence. These documents will be valid no later than August 3, 2031.
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.
Main photo source: CPD of the Ministry of Interior and Administration