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Greece introduces a fast-track procedure for issuing ID cards

07 October 2014 / 17:10:38  GRReporter
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From today, the new express system for issuing identity cards will be applied, as the decision was taken after its successful pilot implementation in 24 police stations throughout Greece.

In practice, we are talking about the first electronic interconnection of public services, carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Order, the Ministry of Administrative Reform and e-Government, and the Ministry of the Interior

Under the new procedure, every citizen can go to the police station and receive their ID card with only two pictures and a witness.

The new faster and simpler system for issuing ID cards is expected to help in reducing bureaucracy and facilitating the lives of citizens, leading at the same time to substantial savings.

The advantages of the new system are:

- Saving the financial resources and energy required to date for printing the documents (application for a certificate, proof of sending via fax, etc.) for each of the 450,000 cards issued each year.

The total amount for the printing of all 1 million forms paid every year by the Greek police to the printing house of the Bank of Greece amounted to € 128,000.

- Saving human resources with the release of approximately 150,000 man-hours per year of municipal and police officers.

All this is made possible by connecting police stations with municipal registers. Thus, with the help of the National Integrated Information System of municipal records, the relevant police officer will now be able to find through official channels the data necessary for the issuance of identity cards of citizens (first name and surname, first name and surname of the father, first name and surname of the mother, date and place of birth, municipality, place of registration, number of family register, citizenship).

The procedure for issuing ID cards is as follows:

Once the relevant police officer has finished the search through official channels and has established the identity of the citizen, the necessary application will be drawn up automatically and will include up to three random questions related to data from the municipal register, entered in the National Integrated Information System of municipal registers.

Questions will be printed out and the citizen submitting the application will have to respond to them in writing. After they sign the application - an affidavit, the police officer will enter the relevant answers in the application. Then the officer prints out the application, sticks the picture on and asks the citizen and their witness to sign it.

Subsequently, the ID card is laminated and handed over to the applicant.


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