[TechUkraine proud] Ukraine makes digital passports legally equivalent to ordinary ones

Ukraine is now the world’s first country where a digital passport has the same power internally, as a paper or plastic one, make its digital and physical passports interchangeable.

The Ukrainian parliament in the second reading on March 30 passed the bill on digital passports. Starting on Aug. 23, Ukrainian citizens can use digital passports in the Diia mobile app to confirm their identity and citizenship.

Many other countries, including Poland and South Korea, use digital documents too, but Ukraine will become the first country where they are considered legally equivalent to ordinary ones.

The Diia app will automatically show all the documents a citizen has, including ID cards, biometric foreign passports, driver’s licenses, and student cards.

Before, digital passports were allowed only in supermarkets, post offices, or certain banks. Other institutions and businesses could refuse to accept digital documents because they didn’t technically represent the original versions. The new bill introduced to parliament by the Ministry of Digital Transformation obliges all businesses and government bodies to accept digital passports.


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