eID cards to become mandatory starting from 2023

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The Latvian lawmakers on May 9 passed legislative amendments that make electronic identification cards (eID) mandatory identification documents for all residents of Latvia who have reached the age of 15.

Passports will be optional documents or travel documents to countries which do not recognize Latvia’s eID.

In line with the planned changes, residents who have valid eID cards will not have to replace them. Those residents whose passports will have expired in the transition period from January 1, 2021, until January 1, 2023, will be issued new passports together with an eID cards.

eID cards will also be a unified identification tool for access to the government e-services. The cards will become compulsory from January 1, 2023. 

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