High demand for personal identity documents this year in Latvia

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The Office of Citizenship and Migration Affairs (PMLP) plans to reorganize resources in order to meet the high demand for issuance of personal identity documents, head of PLMP Maira Roze told Latvian Television February 15.

Roze said that this year there was a much higher demand for documents, both because many passports expire, the mandatory eID card requirement comes into force, and also because work has been slower due to the pandemic. This year, the total number of personal identification documents to be issued by the PLMP is estimated at 1.1 million, while in other years it is usually around 400 thousand.

Roze said that PLMP services were very demanded in Rīga and Pierīga departments, whereas in regions it is quiet. So the PLMP plans to reorganize the employee structure so that there are more resources in Rīga. At the same time, it is planned to organize temporary PLMP services where needed.

Roze acknowledged that a big problem is the lack of staff, as in Rīga departments alone, 15 employees are missing.

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