New draft law requires Moldovans to change their Soviet passports into IDs
A legislative draft bill meant to change all Soviet-type passports into new, Moldovan Identity Cards has been entered in the Moldovan Parliament. According to Liberal Deputies Valeriu Munteanu and Ion Hadarca, the Moldovans still holding a Soviet passport will be obliged to get an Identity Card until the first of July 2013.
Over 260,000 citizens of Moldova are bearers of passports issued by the former Soviet authorities. They can still use them as IDs and are recognized by the local authorities. If approved, the new law will determine all the holders of such passports to get an original Moldovan ID card free of charge.
The Liberals believe that such a move would lead to a better management of the number of citizens and voters.
The Republic of Moldova was part of the Soviet Union from 1940 until 1991.