The MSWiA has prepared changes in the regulations that will allow the introduction of electronic ID. If everything goes as planned, new documents – after years of delays – will be issued in March 2019.
New ID cards are to be issued from March 2019. However, we will not have to exchange existing documents – they will remain valid until the dates specified in them expire.
The provisions proposed by the MSWiA assume that the ID card with the electronic layer will confirm the identity and citizenship of its holder and authorize to cross the borders of some countries. E-ID is also to improve communication with public administration and even with commercial entities – adds the MSWiA. E-ID will allow, for example, to use certain internet services.
The new ID was to be ready in Poland eight years ago. If the government does not get along with them until next year, Poland will probably have to pay back PLN 150 million to the European Union.
Such electronic ID already exists in several EU countries, for example in Germany or Spain.