Moscow: The Russian government will start issuing electronic passports in the Moscow region at the beginning of 2023, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko told Sputnik.
According to Chernyshenko, the e-passport will look like a bank card and will have an embedded electronic chip with all the necessary data. Additional personal information, such as a driver’s license number, can also be added to the e-passport’s memory storage.
“All preparatory activities will be completed by the end of next year,” Chernyshenko said, adding that the Russian government will “start issuing [the electronic passports] from the beginning of 2023, tentatively, in pilot regions that have a high technological readiness to use such documents – these are Moscow, the Moscow region and the Republic of Tatarstan.”
The deputy prime minister specified that despite the initial limited launch, people will be able to use the e-passport anywhere in Russia.