Multi-functional electronic ID cards

New computer systems are being set up in Poland to deal with the latest technology used to provide Polish citizens with ID cards that they can use online, saving time and money. Trips to government buildings and waiting in line to be seen will become things of the past once electronic identification can be authenticated for internet based transactions.

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The new system will also mean that cards will not need to be updated so frequently and information will be readily available across state registers, benefitting businesses and citizens.

Improving the quality of public records

The project involves creating new IT systems and adapting existing ones along with the development of new ways to facilitate information exchange between state registers, such as healthcare and social services. Information from the modernised registers and methods of citizen identification, verification and authentication when contacting public e-services, will be used across the public administration systems.

The existing Universal Electronic System for Registration of the Population (PESEL) will be modernised and data migrated to a new, more concise database that will focus on eliminating redundancy. The architecture of the system will be coherent across all state registries to ensure data can be shared efficiently.

Collection systems will also be modernised and information integrated from birth to death registration, covering data such as mortgage book registers and passport information.

A new method of extracting data from civil documents will be put in place and the ID cards will be redesigned to include a microprocessor that uses a ‘personal signature’. This will be compatible with the norms and directives of the EU controlling the security of electronic documents, personal data protection and electronic identification systems.

How long will it all take?

Development of the new infrastructure required by the project is already underway, including connections between two data processing centres and the launch of cooperative systems for the issuing of new ID documents.

By the end of 2012, among other facilities, the Citizen Service and Population Registration systems will be set up, containing information on issued, revoked, lost, found or invalidated cards. Around 2 000 municipalities will be connected to the ‘administrative bus’ and citizen authentication services will have been completed. It is anticipated that three million cards will be issued and around two million people will be able to use a digital signature.

The end of 2013 will see the establishment of two new data processing centres, another seven million cards issued with the digital signature facility and the ability of the Police and Internal Security Agency to use the applications and services, along with some banks and businesses. A variety of other objectives will also have been achieved, bringing a 21st century, coherent system of electronic identification to the citizens of Poland.


Draft date

05/10/2011