Preparation to the second phase of the introduction of ID cards in Ukraine is nearly over
In July 2016 the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved amendments to the legislation which create conditions for the launch of the second stage of the reform – farther introduction of a new type of ID documents. Since October 1, the Law “On Amendments to Some Legal Acts of Ukraine regarding Documents, Confirming Citizenship of Ukraine, Identifying Person and Their Special Status Aimed at Liberalisation by the European Union of the Visa Regime for Ukraine” enters into force. This will allow proceeding with the introduction of an advanced ID documents in a form of a card. Fundamentally new identification system, based on the Unified State Demographic Register that serves for issuing new documents, was developed as a response to one of the requirements of the Visa Liberalisation Action Plan.
The State Migration Service of Ukraine informs that the entire process of replacement of the old passports by new ID cards will last for not less than four years. Documents issued earlier will remain valid, therefore there is no need for the Ukrainian citizens to hurry with replacing the documents.