Driving licenses and ID cards on cell phones now have the same value as physical documents

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The digital documents available on the id.gov mobile application, a digital wallet, such as a driving license or citizen’s card, already have the same legal value as physical documents, according to legislation already in force.

The recognition of the same legal validity as that of physical documents for documents available in the id.gov digital wallet is the result of an amendment to Law 19-A/2024, published last Wednesday and which came into force the following day.

This legislative amendment determines that “documents, titles or licenses in digital format and their respective data presented in real time to third parties in national territory”, through that application, “are presumed to conform to the original documents, having equal legal and probative value”.

Driving licenses and ID cards on cell phones now have the same value as physical documents

id.gov.pt is a mobile application that allows you to save, consult and share, via your cell phone (smartphone), the data of the identification documents that are available in the app.

Identification documents issued by the Portuguese State to Portuguese citizens, such as the Citizen’s Card, the Driving License, the Single Automobile Document (DUA) or the ADSE health card for civil servants, are examples of documents that can be added to the id.gov.pt app by nationals who have an active Digital Mobile Key (CMD).

This Public Administration application allows ID cards to be stored and consulted at any time, reproducing an authentic and certified image of the ID documents, authenticated using the Digital Mobile Key.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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