Minister launches new Spanish national identity card

A NEW, electronic DNI 3.0 (Spanish national identity card) has been created to prevent identity theft and improve safety. 

Minister of Internal Affairs, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, introduced the new card, an advanced document with high safety measures which will prevent identity theft and serve as an electronic travel document, as well as being able to communicate with smart phones. 

Lleida is the first city where the new device will be set up and its implementation will be extended progressively to the rest of the country.

The new DNI features a fast microchip, with a higher capacity and certified to create an electronic signature, providing it with the same value as a signature on paper. 

The online platform for the DNI 3.0 will create different mobile applications to manage services. 

Mr Fernandez stressed that, in times like these, safety is one of the main priorities worldwide, especially after the terrorist attack suffered in France last week. 

“A document that proves the person’s identity and at the same time ensures their safety, apart from helping them deal with the public administration is highly relevant,” stressed the minister, who added that crimes of identity theft are most common online. 

The first electronic DNI 3.0 has been issued to Mireia Belmonte, Spanish Olympic swimmer, who was also honoured at the event. 

Amongst the many services available through the new, electronic DNI are, for instance, communicating directly with public institutions such as the police, town hall or Social Security service, checking employment history, using the electronic signature, managing traffic tickets and paying taxes. 

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