New ID card

At the Ministry of Justice of Georgia, the issuance of new ID cards commenced on 1 August 2011.

ID card is the main document certifying the citizenship and identity of a person.

A new ID card is a high-tech counterfeit-resistant identity document. It includes an embedded microchip that stores the data displayed on ID card. ID microchip also has online identification and digital signing applications which cardholders may use at their discretion.

A new ID card meets ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards and may be used not only inside but also outside the country as a travel document. For the time being, new ID cards as a travel document can only be used for travelling to the Republic of Turkey.

Getting ID card of Georgian citizen

Within six months after reaching the age of 14 years, a citizen of Georgia shall obtain an ID card. This obligation does not apply to Georgian citizens staying abroad.

New ID cards are issued at branches of the Public Service Development Agency or the Public Service Hall. If along with obtaining an ID card, an applicant gets registered at his/her living address, he/she must apply to that office of the Public Service Development Agency or Public Service Hall, which serves the corresponding territory.

News and information about ID card

News and information about new ID cards is available at: www.id.ge. Additional functions of new ID card may also be activated through this webpage.

Replacing ID card

The first time applicant for ID cards must submit:

  • Birth certificate;
  • Two photos (photos may be taken in branches of the Public Service Development Agency or Public Service Hall for 3 GEL per set);
  • Ground of registration (persons under the age of 16 are registered at the living address of their parents, foster parents, guardians, or other legal representatives and therefore, are not required to submit the ground of registration).

Replacing ID card

A citizen replacing an ID card must submit:


  • Two photos (photos may be taken in branches of Public Service Development Agency or Public Service Hall for 3 GEL per set);
  • ID card to be replaced (except when ID card has been lost);
  • In case of changing personal data, a proof of change (of name, surname, et cetera);


Grounds of replacement of ID card


  • Change of domicile (except in cases when a person holds a new ID (residence) card);
  • Expiry of validity term;
  • Change of name or surname;
  • Inaccuracy in the data;
  • Unfit to be used (because of wear, damage or loss).

Terms and fees of issuance of ID card

    • Tenth business day – 30 GEL
    • Fifth business day – 40 GEL
    • Third business day – 50 GEL
    • Second business day – 60 GEL
    • The same day – 65 GEL


The following categories are exempt from the payment of ID card fees:


  • Members of socially vulnerable families with rating score of up to 70,001 units;
  • Participants of World War II;
  • Georgian citizens who became disabled during the fight for territorial integrity of Georgia;
  • People whom President of Georgia granted citizenship of Georgia;
  • Students of authorized higher educational institutions, whose status can be verified in the database of Public Service Development Agency, are eligible to 10 GEL discount;
  • Students, who have already used the 10 GEL discount but want to get a document anew, are eligible to 3 GEL discount.

Grounds of cancellation of ID card

ID card will be cancelled:


  • After a year of expiry of the term established by the law for the issuance of ID card, if during this period it has not been handed over to an applicant;
  • When Public Service Development Agency learns about a ground of ID card replacement (expiry of document’s validity term; change of name/surname; damage of ID card; or inaccuracy in data);
  • If applicant submitted a forged document which was revealed after the issuance of ID card;
  • In case of death, the termination of citizenship;
  • In case of change of data when adopting a child;
  • In case of change of data when establishing a paternity.

Electronic functions of ID card

Electronic ID card (e-ID)

The ID card stores electronic data on its holder, which is analogous to that displayed on the ID card – name, surname, date of birth, place of birth, citizenship, sex, personal number, photo, personal signature, issuer of ID card, date of issuance of the ID card and term of its validity. The card does not contain a holder’s address either visually or electronically. The data is stored in accordance with ICAO (the International Civil Aviation Organization) standards, which significantly simplifies the identification of ID card holder.

The ID card also contains the data needed for online identification and digital signing – certificates, keys and codes against intruders (PIN codes).

Georgian legislation strictly defines the rule of adding personal information to a new ID card; this is possible only within predetermined limits and with the consent of a person concerned.

Online identification of person

Electronic systems, including e-management, e-governance, et cetera, enable a person to obtain, without leaving his/her home or office, such information that, if accessed illegally, may cause irreparable harm to him/her or other person. This information may include tax data, health data, or other information. As a rule, people use name and password to access electronic systems. Over time, however, password as a reliable security tool has been compromised.

Each new ID card contains special data – authentication certificate and a corresponding key. It is protected against unsanctioned intrusion by a four-digit PIN code which is handed over to a holder in a sealed envelope and shall not be disclosed to anyone else. Consequently, the degree of information security significantly increases when accessed in a distant system by means of personal e-ID card.

Digital signing

Traditionally, the signing of an agreement automatically implies arriving at a certain place to put a signature on a paper. E-ID card offers significant changes in this area too. You may create an electronic document in your own computer and with the help of e-ID card, sign it digitally.

E-ID card contains special data – a certificate of digital signature and a corresponding key. They ensure a high level protection of electronic document, enabling, on the one hand, to identify the signature and on the other hand, to automatically invalidate the signature in case the document is amended. Given the extraordinary importance of this mechanism, any unsanctioned access to it is prevented by a six-digit PIN code which an e-ID cardholder installs him/herself with the help of disposable five-digit code handed over to him/her in a sealed envelope.

When it comes to digital signing, distance does not matter; signatories may be anywhere – in different streets, cities, countries or continents but still be able to sign a document.

Digital signature may be used in all those services that require the confirmation of a person’s will, in particular, when entering into agreements, filing various tax records, et cetera.

What to do in case of loss of e-ID card?

Immediately report the loss of e-ID card to the Public Service Development Agency. We will block identification and digital signature certificates so as to prevent anyone from using them even if they know your secret PIN codes. Online identification systems will automatically block any attempt of access with your e-ID card; also, any digital signature which appears after the cancellation of e-ID card will be deemed void.

Other electronic advantages

 Contactless interface of ID card allows the use of a new e-ID card instead of other cards, namely:

  • Student card;
  • Work card.