Traditional government stamps to go electronic

GOVERNMENT stamps in the current form will be used until the end of 2014 when the state will introduce a new electronic stamping system. By the end of the year, some payments for government services will be available also via mobile phones.

GOVERNMENT stamps in the current form will be used until the end of 2014 when the state will introduce a new electronic stamping system. By the end of the year, some payments for government services will be available also via mobile phones.

“We are living in period which is dynamic, technological development is significant and [this situation] demands that government will come with new solutions,” State Secretary of Finance Ministry Radko Kuruc told to press on October 9.

Currently, those who need driver licence or change data in ID needs to get “kolok” or government payment stamp which can be purchased at post offices and bring it to police. This will however change.

Anyone who needs a government payment stamp will be able to buy it in a machine placed at the due office and called “kiosk” while the machine will automatically recognize the type of stamp needed for any specific type of document. The citizen will pay either cash or with a card and the machine will issue a ticket confirming the purchase. The new stamps resemble a cash bill. Slovak Post has a monopoly for issuing them, the Sme daily reported on October 10.

Currently Slovak Post runs around 100 kiosks. “We should have covered all offices of public administration and courts until the end of year,” Slovak Post head Tomáš Drucker said, as quoted by Sme.

Initially, however, employees of most state offices will have the terminals to pay in electronic form; only later, “kiosks” will be introduced. By the end of the year, 270 of them will receive both cash and pay cards and 70 card only.

(Source: Sme)

Compiled by Roman Cuprik from press reports
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