Through Supreme Decree No. 4861 of January 11, 2023, the National Government concluded the implementation of identity cards and driver’s licenses in digital format. These digital documents are considered an extension of the physical documents, therefore, both formats will have the same content and validity upon their single display from the mobile application “Digital Status ED-7” that will be managed by the SEGIP.
Within the framework of the implementation of this regulation, the following considerations must be taken into account:
- Character: Digital identity documents are voluntary and can be obtained from the age of 18; unlike physical identity documents that are mandatory.
- Validity: The validity of digital identity documents will be 2 years. Through this norm, the validity of the physical identity card was also restored in 5 years, repealing Supreme Decree No. 4342 that had provided it in 10 years.
- Method of obtaining: Within 60 days, the SEGIP will issue a regulation for the development of the application “Digital Status ED-7” through which the digital identity documents will be obtained. An important aspect is that these documents can be obtained through a single device per citizen.
- Use of digital documents in institutions: Taking into account that there are public and private institutions in which the use of mobile devices is prohibited, such as financial entities; the Supreme Decree establishes that other regulations must be adapted so that citizens can display their digital identity documents.