Foreigner eID cards to be available in Latvia

On Thursday, June 17, the Saeima supported amendments to the Personal Identification Documents Law, which provides for the introduction of a new type of identity card - a foreigner identification card, or foreigner eID card.

65 members voted in favor of the amendment, while 3 voted against it. The amendments were prepared by the Ministry of Interior. 

The foreigner's eID card is not planned as a mandatory personal identification document. It will be issued to citizens of other countries who wish to be active in the State electronic environment so that it can be used as an electronic identity/authentication tool and potentially as an electronic signature.

This will not be a travel document, and it will not confirm the person's right of residence in Latvia.

The card will provide a foreigner with the possibility to use public administration e-services (the Latvija.lv portal), to use the e-address network, to authenticate to state portals electronically and to sign documents. 

It is stipulated that the person will be required to pay the State fee of EUR 80 for issuing the card. The card shall be issued by the Citizenship and Migration Affairs Office.

The Law shall enter into force on June 28, 2021.

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