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Interior Ministry starts issuing ID cards with e-signature

Interior Ministry starts issuing ID cards with e-signature
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President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was the first to receive an ID card instead of a paper document and to use a new service of verified electronic signature, the Interior Ministry has said on its website.

“The Ukrainian president joined 4.4m owners of modern ID cards. He was the first to use the Interior Ministry’s new service and had his verified electronic signature recorded on his ID chip,” Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said during a visit to a migration service office together with Zelenskyy.

As of 5 February, all Ukrainians will be able to record electronic signatures on their ID cards, be it an existing or new card.

According to Avakov, the cars can be read by any operating systems, allow their holders to use them for identification and as a security tool.

“This means you can use both public service and business services. In particular, you can register a business. As of today, you can add an electronic signature to an ID card for free,” he said.

The signature keys are valid for two years.

E-signatures will not be recorded on ID cards by default.

In 2019, Ukrainians received a record-high number of 1.6m ID cards. A total of over 4.3m ID cards have been issued since their introduction.

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