Latvia to introduce electronic ID cards in 2012

  • 2011-12-21

RIGA - Latvia plans to introduce electronic identity cards next year, which will become official proof of identification, according to a bill passed by the Saeima’s Defense, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Committee on Dec. 20, reports LETA. The committee’s chairman, Ainars Latkovskis (Unity), said that Saeima could vote on the bill on Jan. 12 of next year, and could thus come into force no later than Feb. 1.

“The new ID cards will benefit the country’s residents, especially those who frequently go on trips abroad. The ID cards can be used as proof of identity when traveling within the European Union and the Schengen Zone,” Latkovskis explained.