MOSCOW, September 2 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow plans to introduce new type of a regular passport, that will replace the medical insurance card and driving license, newspaper “Rossijskaya Gazeta” reports.
“The new passport, which is expected to be issued from the beginning of the next year, will replace a considerable number of documents: the driving license, medical insurance card, pension certificate and registration certificate. Information about the availability of a military card can also be saved [in the system]”, the newspaper informs.
All data will be kept on an electronic chip, embedded in the passport. To optimize the verification process and unify all relevant identity data, state services are planning to launch a global informational system, called “MIR” (engl. – “the World”). Authorities claim that the system will allow quick identity verification and contribute to prevention of illegal migration, as it is expected to contain all data about temporary registration.
According to government officials, such changes will make the whole information system more transparent. They also will simplify foreign passports’ application procedure, as the information, given by the applicant in questionnaires can be examined more quickly.