Back in 2012, Mongolia replaced the country’s previous personal identification system with a new electronic ID cards. Currently, the country’s 2.5 million people have these e-ID cards. However, these have been proving quite problematic and have been creating bureaucratic nightmares – there is limited integration to many state bodies. For example, Mongolians often have to scan their not-so-smart ID cards and have the hard copies notarized.
Currently the smart card includes an embedded microprocessor containing all personal data with biometric facial and fingerprint ID systems linked to a secure database serving government agencies such as the electoral authority, tax and customs.
Because of the limitations, the government plans to upgrade civil ID card again. In the new version, personal registration numbers will be hidden in the chip and the state registration number will be revealed.
The change is expected to begin in November 2020 following the parliamentary election.