Lithuania’s Ministry of Interior has commissioned Gemalto to deliver 900,000 Sealys Laser-Secured cards for the country’s national electronic identity program. Rollout for the cards, which are mandatory for all Lithuanian citizens aged 16 and over, began in January this year. Gemalto delivers the cards to its local partner Lodvila, a security printing company in Lithuania and main contractor of the project.
The highly-secure polycarbonate laser-engraved ID cards also feature contactless technology for identity verification at border crossings based on fingerprint checks, thus facilitating travel for Lithuanian citizens between EU member states.
Lithuania has also deployed these credit-card sized ID documents to facilitate access for citizens to national and European eGovernment services. They contain an embedded contact microprocessor which holds one certificate for on-line identification and another for electronically signing official documents such as contracts and declarations.
The national eID card is the first step towards Lithuanian implementation of the European Citizen Card standard.