Electronic ID cards to be released in October 2020

DIGITAL REVOLUTION: Once cardholders activate the features, their new ID cards would include their driver’s license and National Health Insurance information

Taipei Times
Date: May 17, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

The government in October next year is expected to launch electronic identification cards

A sample design of the new electronic identification card featuring Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wang Jin-pyng is pictured in a screen grab taken on March 21.
Screen grab from Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Wang Jin-pyng’s Facebook page

(eID) that combine the functions of existing national ID cards and Citizen Digital Certificates, which people use to file their taxes online, the Ministry of the Interior said yesterday.

The ministry is to complete the initial plan for issuing the cards in July and would share a more detailed plan, including the card’s design, in September, Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) said.

The cards would integrate information from National Health Insurance cards and driver’s licenses, once cardholders activate the features, Hsu added.

The budget for establishing digital infrastructure and foundation services could require NT$4 billion (US$128.35 million), pending the Cabinet’s approval, the ministry said in a report submitted to the Legislative Yuan on Wednesday.    [FULL  STORY]

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