Electronic ID cards to be issued next year
Taiwan’s Minister of Interior Hsu Kuo-yung says the government will begin issuing new electronic I-D cards nationally in the middle of next year following trial runs in certain locations.
According to Hsu, the new e-ID cards will be first rolled out in Hsinchu City, Banqiao and Zhonghe districts in New Taipei, and on Penghu on a trial basis during the first half of 2021 to ensure a smooth launch.
Hsu says before the new I-D cards are launched in July of next year, extensive testing will be carried out to detect any faults in the chip and API to guarantee that the cards are secure.
The Central Engraving and Printing Plant will be responsible for producing the card while the chip will be manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company.
The government had initially planned to issue the new e-ID cards this month, but that was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.