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Greeks Can Now Put State ID’s, Driver’s Licenses on Phones

ATHENS – Further shedding the need to carry paper and documents in a wallet or handbag, Greeks are flocking to a new cell phone app to attach their state identification cards and driver’s licenses.

They’ve already been able to do that with COVID vaccine certificates and the speeding of the digital age means people have the option of using only a phone for everything, including banking and purchasing.

Since the app was launched in July, some 710,041 citizens have downloaded their ID cards onto their phones and 563,072 have made use of the app for their driving license, ministry figures showed, said Kathimerini.

The app is available at Gov.gr Wallet and while the two digital documents have official status and can be used everywhere in Greece, they are not valid for use abroad and won’t be recognized thusly.

The ministry said it will now move toward further digitalization for cell phones to let people store other data, including car registration permits, road tax payments, car insurance proof and vehicle inspections.

Cautions have been issued before about using cell phones, as they can be hacked unless there are safeguards like anti-virus programs and Virtual Private Networks (VPN’s) although the state has the ability to get a prosecutor’s order to bug phones of those deemed national security risks.

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