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Key Points

  • All third-country nationals must exchange their old identification documents for updated identification documents that will contain biometric data. Foreign nationals who have already received Czech identification cards will need to go to the Ministry of Interior to complete a form and turn in their old card.
  • By August 31, 2022, all documentation must be exchanged for new identification cards. A recommendation from the government is for the extended family to also have their documents in by this date. Extended family members are relatives of the EU or Czech National with permanent residency in the Czech Republic.
  • By August 3, 2023, non-EU family members of EU nationals must get their new identification documents.


Starting August 2, 2021, all third-country nationals must get updated identification documents, which contain biometric data. The new process is free and is also required for third-country nationals as well as family members of EU nationals.

What’s Changed?

The new regulations regarding acceptable identification documents ultimately aim to avoid the risk of fraud and identity theft. The newly issued ID cards contain updated technology.

Looking Forward

Individuals who do not receive their new identification documents by the required deadlines will incur penalties, which can include a fine of up to $4,500, deportation, and a possible ban of up to 5 years.

Source: Czech Republic Ministry of Interior

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