Apart from being a physical identification and travelling document within the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and the Swiss Confederation, Latvia’s eID card ensures secure authentication for services online and the creation of a legally binding digital signature. This is provided by the appropriate authentication certificate, a means for creating and signing electronic documents, and 120 free-of charge time stamps included in the eID card. Residents of Latvia now have a choice to dispose of the identification card, passport or both the aforementioned documents for personal identification.
It is estimated that implementation of the eID cards will build up consumer and business confidence in online transactions which will in turn result to the boosting of eCommerce, eBusiness and the simplification of administrative procedures online. The Latvian eID card will also contribute to the development of Internet-based services delivering productivity gains for businesses, as well as to the increase of both offer and usage of eGovernment services, ensuring a smaller administrative burden.
The implemented eID project will contribute to the implementation of the actions set by the European eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015, of the Digital Agenda for Europe. It will also 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.