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 ID cards to be available for all Ukrainians effective Nov. 1

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has granted possibility for the citizens to obtain ID cards instead of national passport books from Nov. 1, 2016.

This is stated in the Government Decree No. 745 of Oct. 26, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

"The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine hereby resolves to issue ID cards with integrated contactless chips approved by this decree in exchange for passports of citizens of Ukraine (including to replace lost or stolen passports) using facilities of the Unified State Demographic Registry effective Nov. 1, 2016," the decree reads.

Earlier, the ID cards were only available to citizens obtaining their IDs for the first time.

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The decree stipulates that passport books may be issued to Ukraine's citizens until the regional offices of the State Migration Service are provided in full with materials and equipment necessary to issue ID cards.

No more applications for passport book of Ukrainian citizen will be accepted after Nov. 1.

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The passport books of Ukrainian citizens issued before Nov. 1 are valid through expiry date.

The adopted regulations stipulate that a national passport is issued to a citizen at the age of 14. The document is valid for 10 years if issued to persons over the age of 18 and for four years if issued to persons under 18.

The ID cards can also be issued by the Administrative Service Centers.
 
 
 
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