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Digital passports have been introduced in Russia

19 сентября 2023

The President of the Russian Federation signed a decree according to which citizens of the Russian Federation will be able to present identification documents, including a passport of a citizen of the Russian Federation, in electronic form in the State Services application.

“Providing Russian citizens with information contained in identity documents or other documents issued by government agencies <...> in electronic form using a mobile application <...> information system “Unified portal of state and municipal services (functions)” is equivalent <...> to the presentation of the specified documents,” the decree says.

Citizens' submission of information through the application will be voluntary. The mobile application must use encryption (cryptographic) means provided for by the law on the identification and authentication of individuals using biometric personal data.

A document in electronic form on Gosuslugi is equal to the original only in cases determined by the government in agreement with the FSB. Within three months, the government must compile a list of situations and documents that can be replaced with a digital version from the State Services application or website.

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