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Europe-wide recognition of online ID function completed

Germany is the first European Union Member States to complete the process of notifying the electronic identification function of German ID documents. This means that the eID function of Germany’s national ID card and electronic residence permit will be recognized across Europe for electronic identification in digital administrative proceedings as of 29 September 2018.

Official Journal of the European Union, 26 September 2017, page 3 Official Journal of the European Union, 26 September 2017, page 3

In the medium and long term, German citizens may electronically enrol at universities, register their business, file their tax returns or apply for vehicle registration in other EU member states.
The notification was published today in the Official Journal of the European Commission, page 3, following a review by technical experts of almost all member states, who attributed the highest assurance level pursuant to the eIDAS Regulation, which is “high”.

“This confirms the high quality of the eID function”, the Federal Interior Minister, Dr Thomas de Maizière, pointed out. “The eID function allows individuals and enterprises to verify their identity in a secure and easy manner. More and more smartphones are eID compliant. Furthermore, we took major steps this summer to facilitate the eID integration in e-business and e-government services, creating positive conditions for enterprises and the administration to provide more fields in which to use the eID function.”

This means that all EU member states will have to open their own administrative proceedings for the German online ID function as of 29 September 2018, if and when they need an electronic identification at a “substantial” or “high” assurance level.
Businesses in the European Single Market may recognize the electronic identification on a voluntary basis.

Apart from the cross-border use, the use of the eID function at home has also been improved. For instance, smartphones with the appropriate NFC interface can be used for online verification without additional card readers.

Furthermore, the Act to Promote the Electronic Identification Function has been adopted, making it easier to integrate the online ID function in digital services. This includes the facilitated issuance of authorization certificates for service providers.

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