Ukraine switches to biometric IDs
09:30, 1 October 2016

Ukraine switches to biometric IDs

The respective law entered into force on October 1

09:30, 1 October 2016

Ukraine's State Migration Service

The bill No.1474-VIII, which submits changes to certain laws about IDs of Ukrainian citizens and is aimed at the liberalization of EU visa regime for Ukraine, took effect. In July 2016, it was adopted by the Parliament, and in August, it was signed by President Poroshenko.

The law contains the following key provisions:

  • clear differentiation between IDs with and without the contactless digital chip;
  • mandatory issue of a passport of a Ukrainian citizen upon reaching 14 years old;
  • introduction of an ID of a person who needs extra protection;
  • introduction of the card of a migrant worker.

According to the law, from now on, citizens will have their fingerprints digitized during the procession of foreign and diplomatic passports. On the other hand, a person can choose to not give its fingerprints when processing the domestic passport.  

Related: Ukraine’s Parliament passes law on switching to biometric ID cards

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