Liechtenstein launches electronic ID
On April 29th, the Prime Minister of Liechtenstein Adrian Hasler presented the new electronic ID (eID). It will replace the current lilog and lisign systems. All that is needed to use the new eID is a mobile device with the eID.li app installed.
Adrian Hasler is quoted in a press release from the regional government on the presentation of the eID, saying: “Today, we have presented the central element for the next steps in digitization. Providing clear identification in virtual space raises a large number of services to an exemplary level of safety and therefore makes them possible in the first place.” He goes on to say that, additionally, the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the fact that “being able to do as much business as possible from home can be more than simply convenient.”
The previous systems, lilog and lisign, will continue to be supported until the end of the year. The new eID offers a range of advantages compared with these earlier systems according to the press release. For instance, eID can be used on any mobile device via the eID.li app without a separate device. Moreover, many services can be used with the eID around the clock, so outside of regular business hours as well. A physical signature is also no longer required for electronic communication with authorities.
eID users can allow administrations and other service providers access to pre-existing data. The press release explains that this means access does not have to be granted multiple times. Moreover, the eID can “also be used as ID outside of administration business as long as the regional government has authorized this.” However, the press release notes that the digital ID cannot be used as a travel document in the physical world.
To set up the digital ID, the user must go to the immigration and passport office in Vaduz a single time. The regional government explains: “The process is similar to creating an ID card – just much faster.”