The signature of the holder and the European Union flag with the designation of the country – these are some of the planned changes in the patterns of identity cards. Details were presented on Monday by representatives of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration. The new version of the evidence is to be issued from August 2 this year.
In February, the draft amendment to the law on evidence was adopted by the government, and its first reading is to be held on Tuesday at the Parliament’s Administration and Internal Affairs Committee. The deputy head of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, Paweł Szefernaker, informed that he had already met with the presidium of the committee and it decided that the draft act was not controversial. – I think that it will be considered at this session of the Sejm with minor amendments – he stressed.
Bossernaker indicated that technical works were also carried out in parallel to the legislative work. – At the moment we are at the stage of integration testing – he added.
On Monday, at the videoconference, Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration Paweł Bossernaker and the government’s plenipotentiary for cybersecurity Marek Zagórski presented details of the solutions included in the draft amendment to the act on identity cards, which adjusts the provisions to the regulation of the European Parliament and the EU Council.
The regulation, in accordance with the EU regulation on improving the security of identity cards, provides, inter alia, introducing a second biometric feature, i.e. fingerprints, which will be mapped at the office, as is currently the case when issuing passports.
The regulation, as explained by the Bossernaker, also requires adapting the graphic layer of the evidence to the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organization. The draft of new document templates was presented at the videoconference by Mariusz Kujawski, chairman of the working team of the Ministry of Interior and Administration.
In the new evidence, he said, several changes can be noticed. This includes the addition of the country designation (PL) against the background of the EU flag in the upper right corner, the removal of the indication that the document has a chip for this reason, and the placement of the holder’s signature box at the bottom of the document. On the reverse, the inscription “ID number” has been changed to “Series and document number”.
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According to the draft, new ID cards will be issued in Poland from August 2. Paweł Bossernaker emphasized that there would be no compulsion to exchange evidence. From August 2, they will be issued to those whose document has expired, or to those who are over 18 years old and do not have a ID card yet.
Marek Zagórski informed that about 1.5 million Poles will lose the validity of the current document this year, and 360,000 people will turn 18.
The government plenipotentiary noted that after two years of issuing electronic evidence, about 5 million citizens have such a document. The second stage of these changes, he assessed, has a “bittersweet taste”.
On the one hand, the proof will be safer and will offer more possibilities, but on the other – as Zagórski emphasized – the formula and type of security features of the document will not allow submitting applications via the Internet. At the same time, the minister emphasized that work on a solution was underway so that such an application could be submitted by a person who had already obtained the proof in this formula once. “But it’s still ahead of us,” he reserved.
For people who cannot actually go to the commune office, the new regulations provide for the possibility of using a mobile station operated by officials. When asked for details, Deputy Minister Szefernaker noted that such stations will be located in each county. The solution is to be ready in August this year and will be tested by local governments soon.
Such a person will be able to report the need to obtain an ID card in a poviat city. – The clerk will come to her with a computer and a kit that will allow her to take fingerprints – explained the deputy minister.
ID cards will still be issued for 5 (for minors) and 10 years. As Marek Zagórski noted, all citizens should have a document with an electronic layer supplemented with a second biometric feature in 2031.
Main photo source: PAP / Mateusz Marek