According to DEPABD, “this is not a plastic crisis, but a temporary difficulty regarding the process of inserting the security elements into the material from which the identity cards are made.”
However, according to DEPABD, this will not be a problem for citizens whose IDs have expired, because during the standby mode the old files can also be used. That is, expired IDs remain valid for the entire alert status period and another 90 days thereafter.
DEPABD explanations and what citizens can do with expired IDs
• The deadline for resolving applications for the issuance of an identity card is up to 30 days, which can be extended by a maximum of 15 days by the head of the Community Public Service for Registration of Persons, according to GEO 97/2005.
• Depending on the scope of the applications for the issuance of identity cards and the complexity of the activities / verification to be performed at the level of each community public service for registration of persons, a number of days are determined for their decision, within a legal period of 30 days.
The existing legal norms do not regulate the issuance of the identity card in an emergency regime but, as an exception, the citizen in a special situation, who can justify the application for the issuance of the identity card within a shorter period of 30 days, may apply to the Community Public Service. The valid ID can be left in the hands of the holder until the new ID is handed over.
• This specification does not apply to applications for the issuance of temporary identity cards.
• According to Law 55/2020 on the measures to prevent and influence the effects of the epidemic, identity documents whose period of validity has expired or expires during the standby state are and remain valid in all standby states, as well as a period of 90 days from the cessation of this state. Specifically, identity documents that have expired as of March 1, 2020 are valid by law.
• They can be used in relationships with public institutions or with legal persons under private law, who are obligated to accept them.
• More precisely, the validity of the identity cards as of March 1, 2020 remains valid for an additional 90 days from the end of the alert status.
• DEPABD, through its subordinate structures, ensures the production of identity cards. Thus, during 2020 a public procurement procedure was completed which provided the materials used to produce identity cards in the last ten years. Under these conditions, in order to perform the contract, it is necessary to transfer the equipment, DEPABD property, which is used to insert the security components of the identity documents.
• DEPABD is evaluating a solution to the problem between April 12 and April 16, 2021.
• DEPABD says that this is not a plastic crisis, but a temporary difficulty regarding the process of inserting security elements into the material from which identity cards are made, as well as the fact that when electronic identity cards are produced they will be used in a completely different, modern way. Technologies, designed to ensure an adequate level of security.
• Citizens are not obligated to apply to the public services for registration of persons except as a result of loss, theft or damage of the identity card, as well as a change of name as a result of marriage.