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Saudi Arabia launches digital ID for citizen’s

The Ministry of Interior, represented by the Civil Status Department, launched the electronic version of the national identity card of Saudi citizens. The electronic ID under the name of “Digital ID” will be available through “Absher Individuals” service of the ministry’s Absher portal application on citizens’ smart phones, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The “Absher” app gives Saudi citizens and expatriates access to a set of electronic governmental services such as residency and travel documents and renewal of passports and driving licences.

“The digital IDs will facilitate verification of their holders in case they do not bear the traditional ID as the beneficiary can display the identification data electronically via the app ‘Absher Individuals’ including the QR [Quick Response] code,” spokesman for the Civil Affairs Agency Mohammed Al Jaser said.

The Civil Status Department launched the “Digital ID” service, in cooperation with the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, represented by the National Information Center.