Citizens with faulty ID cards to receive future discount
(CS) Luxembourg citizens with faulty ID cards will not only have their card replaced for free but will also get a discount when the current model is replaced with a new microchip credit card sized version.
Earlier this year it was found that some 80,000 Luxembourg ID cards were affected by a production error, and a special print to be read under UV lighting was illegible.
While parliament is expected to vote shortly on a new ID card featuring a microchip, an interim solution has been introduced to replace the faulty laminated cards.
As the machine producing the current model is being phased out more production problems could occur, Interior Minister Jean-Marie Halsdorf explained. Therefore, faulty cards will be replaced by credit card sized versions without a microchip for all replacement demands made after March 13 this year.
The minister expects the microchip cards to be rolled out from July 1, 2014.
When applying for a microchip card, those affected by the faulty laminated cards will receive a four euro discount, with the commune managing the administrative effort to ensure that all affected citizens will be compensated.
The communes themselves will also receive a three euro payment per faulty ID card replacement to cover administrative costs. The money comes from the Belgian supplier of the faulty cards.
The minister added that all ID cards will remain valid until their regular expiration date. Citizens with valid cards are asked to hold off applying for a new model until the microchip version is introduced.