Almost 900,000 Hungarians get eIDs this year

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mti/zoltán máthé

A little more than a year after their introduction, approximately 900,000 Hungarians have applied for electronic identification cards (eIDs) since the beginning of the year, Hungarian daily Magyar Hírlap reported today.

The first eIDs issued in Hungary are shown in this image taken on January 11. (Photo: MTI/Zoltán Máthé) 

Described as a "one-stop card," the eID combines personal identification, including fingerprint and other biometric data and an electronic signature (if the user opts for these), along with social security and tax identification information.

The new type of card costs HUF 1,500 for Hungarians who replace their old identification cards within 60 days of expiry. They are free of charge for Hungarians under 18 years of age, as well as for citizens aged over 65, according to Hungarian news agency MTI.

The Hungarian Parliament approved legislation establishing the legal framework for introducing the e-cards a little more than a year ago.

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