Electronic identity card in L…

Electronic identity card in Latvia - available from April 2012

Published on: 28/04/2012
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On April 2012 Latvia has started to issue electronic identity (eID) cards thus joining the group of the EU Member States that have introduced the national eID.

 

 

On April 2012 Latvia has started to issue electronic identity (eID) cards thus joining the group of the EU Member States that have introduced the national eID.

 

Being a physical identification document and travelling document within EU, EEA and Swiss Confederation on one hand, Latvia’s eID card ensures secure authentication for services online and creation of legally binding digital signature - on other.  This is provided by authentication certificate, means for creating and signing of electronic documents and 120 free-of charge time stamps included in the eID card. Residents of Latvia now have a choice to hold the identification card, passport, or both of mentioned documents for personal identification.

 

It is estimated that implementation of the eID cards will build up consumer and business confidence in online transactions boosting e-commerce, e-business, and making it easier to undertake administrative procedures online. Contribution in development of internet-based services delivering productivity gains for businesses as well as increase of both offer and usage of e-Government services ensuring less administrative burden is much expected of use of eID cards in Latvia.

 

The implemented eID project will contribute in implementation of the actions set by The European eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015, Digital Agenda for Europe and will encourage Latvia’s engagement with the European large scale pilots facilitating transactions on the internet both in the private and public sectors based on usage of electronic identity technologies and authentication services.

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