Old currently-valid Slovak ID cards will be replaced by new European-format ones as of July 1, putting Slovakia among the most developed countries in this respect, Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák said at a press conference in Bratislava on June 5.
The new IDs will be issued to anyone 15 years or older. Old cards that have expired, been lost, or been damaged will be replaced with a new one. But a new ID will not be available simply because the holder wants to exchange their old card. All fees remain unchanged.
Kaliňák said that the new IDs are the same size as credit cards.
"It will be easier to carry them and they will be more durable," he said.
The new cards are made of a multi-layer polycarbonate and a laser inscription method will be used to personalise them. They contain three security components, including one that’s secret. It will take 30 days at most to issue the new IDs after people apply for them at police stations.
"We'll try to do it as fast as possible, but the first wave of applicants is always the largest. Once the ID is ready, the person will be informed with a text message, for example," he said, adding that eight mobile offices have been set up for disabled people so that they can be serviced at home. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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6. Jun 2008 at 13:00