The new Slovene biometric identity card – a major step towards modern digitalised services in the Republic of Slovenia



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Organisation name Ministry of Digital Transformation

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Contact person: Tjaša Sobočan


The Slovenian government, specifically the Ministry of Public Administration (now the Ministry of Digital Transformation) and the Ministry of the Interior, launched a project to issue new electronic identity cards in March 2022. This initiative was driven by a European Union regulation requiring Member States to update their identity cards with biometric features. Slovenia saw this as an opportunity to introduce its first electronic ID card.


The project aimed to create a secure and reliable digital identification system for Slovenian citizens. The new ID card would not only be a physical document for travel and identification purposes, but also a tool for electronic identification and electronic signatures. This would allow citizens to securely access and utilise various online services offered by both the public and private sectors.


The implementation of the project involved several steps. First, new legislation was drafted to address the issuance of the ID card and the regulations around electronic identification and trust services. Then, the government conducted a complex procurement process to select a contractor to develop the new ID card solution. Security was a top priority, and the Slovenian card adheres to all relevant EU regulations and standards. To ensure usability, the ID card can be used with traditional smart card readers or through a mobile app, eliminating the need for additional hardware for most users. Additionally, the system integrates with existing login and e-signature services, minimising disruption for service providers. The project has seen continued development since its launch. The ID card now functions as a health insurance card and efforts are underway for cross-border recognition within the European Union.

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