Digital ID to go online in few days, says minister

Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmad Hanandeh
(photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN  — Personal digital IDs will be activated in the next few days allowing citizens to remotely conduct business at government agencies and elsewhere using their smart devices and e-government platforms, Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship Ahmad Hanandeh revealed on Tuesday, according to the Jordan News Agency, (Petra).اضافة اعلان

The minister said that the activation of the digital ID is a one-off process that requires a visit to the Civil Status and Passports Department (CSPD), stressing that the digital ID is a "cornerstone" in an increasingly digitized world.

Hanandeh noted that the ministry is wrapping up preparations for the activation process to begin, revealing that the ministry is currently in talks with partners, including banks and telecommunications service providers, to offer the activation service alongside the CSPD, Petra reported.

The minister explained that the rollout of the digital ID will be gradual, meaning that the activation will be required on an as-needed basis.

Citing examples, Hanandeh indicated that recipients of National Aid Fund services will have to activate their digital IDs if the service provider (the fund in this case) so requires. The same applies to passport and physical ID applicants.

Once the digital is activated, he added, the ID holder will have their electronic signature activated for all business and service dealings that allow for the use of the e-signature.

However, Hanandeh said some services and dealings, including real estate transactions and public notary services, will not allow for the use of neither the digital ID nor the digital signature given the fact that they have financial and legal implications.

Furthermore, the minister revealed that an electronically-certified document service will also be launched, adding that a service recipient will have access to their ID, driver’s license, and passport, among other documentation, using their account on the e-government platform "Sanad".

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