Today, the House of Representatives approved the introduction of electronic ID copies in a government amendment to the Act on the Right to Digital Services. According to the draft, digital descriptions will be voluntary, they will not replace physical ones. It will not be possible to use them for remote identification either. The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration.
According to the government, the launch of the digital documents project should cost the state administration roughly half a billion crowns. The cabinet estimates annual operating costs at 50 million crowns. However, according to the opposition movement ANO, the initial costs for all institutions will reach one and a half billion crowns.
According to the amendment, a mobile phone application developed by the Digital Information Agency will be required for proving with a digital document. According to Deputy Prime Minister for Digitization Ivan Bartoš (Pirates), the development is progressing well. However, ANO MP Robert Králíček believes that eDoklad is only a visible promotion of the information agency and Bartoš and that we should wait for the upcoming European solution. He did not push for the amendment to be returned to the second reading.
The obligation to accept digital versions of ID cards should be introduced gradually. From the beginning of the year, they should be accepted by central state administration bodies, and from July by regions, the police, labor offices or, for example, financial authorities. According to Bartoš, the police could voluntarily accept eDoklad already in March or April. In 2025, the obligation should be extended to all remaining administrative bodies, including embassies, but also to post offices.