Slovakia handed out its 2 millionth eID card earlier this month. Nearly 40% of the country’s 5.4 million citizens now have an eID card, which can be used to access a wide range of eGovernment services.
Each month, Slovakia issues between 50,000 and 55,000 eID cards, according to NASES, the country’s Agency for Network and Electronic Services.
The 2 millionth eID card was issued in the city of Galanta. The holder of the card was presented with a laptop by State Secretary of the Interior Denisa Saková.
The card allows users to electronically identify and authenticate themselves. The eID cards can then be used on the slovensko.sk eGovernment portal. It provides access to more than 1,400 services, from registering a car, and accessing administrative records, to applying for child benefits.
Citizens are not required to use the card, but using it saves time and costs, NASES writes. The use of eGovernment services, for example, is not limited to office hours. As of next summer, companies in Slovakia will be required to use the eID card in combination with an electronic mailbox supplied by the government.