Reniec has announced a new campaign to help close the gap in documentation for vulnerable populations. The campaign aims to provide 381,000 electronic ID cards for free in 2024. The goal is to benefit individuals, including minors and adults, who are registering for the first time, as well as children, adolescents, and the elderly in districts identified as poverty or extreme poverty areas.
In addition to these efforts, 147 districts with native communities, VRAEM areas, and border areas will also receive support for the renewal, duplication, updating of images, or correction of data in their documents. Furthermore, 29,000 electronic ID cards will be allocated to individuals facing medical emergencies, as well as citizens in situations of vulnerability due to natural disasters and adults over 60 years of age.
The remaining electronic ID cards will be for children and adolescents in unprotected family conditions, orphans, those who accompany their mothers in prison, and victims of criminal crimes. The aim is to register them for the first time or update their information.
Carmen Velarde, the national head of Reniec, emphasized the importance of electronic ID cards in closing the gap in documentation for vulnerable populations. She also urged parents to participate in the traveling campaigns and keep their personal information updated.
Reniec will stop printing blue and yellow ID cards and will only deliver electronic ones. The transition to electronic ID cards will be gradual to avoid affecting citizens who currently have blue and yellow ID cards, which are valid for eight years. The validity of these traditional ID cards will be respected until their natural expiration.
The complete replacement process of traditional ID cards with electronic ones is expected to take four to five years. During this period, citizens are encouraged to voluntarily opt for the electronic document when their traditional ID cards expire, marking a smooth transition towards the digitization of personal identification in the country.
The electronic ID card is considered more secure and offers quick identification, a digital signature, and access to online services. It incorporates a chip with personal and biometric data, increasing security and facilitating citizen identification. The digital signature allows for the signing of electronic documents with the same legal validity as a handwritten signature, streamlining administrative procedures and processes. It also enables the completion of procedures and queries online safely, reducing the need for travel and waiting.
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