HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, announced today that the government of Argentina has selected its HID goID citizen identity technology to power the country's digital version of its mandatory National Identity Document for its Mi Argentina app.

The collaborative effort between HID, Argentina's Ministry of Interior, Public Works and Housing through the National Registry of Persons (Renaper), and the Ministry of Modernization makes Argentina the first country in the world to offer a true national identity credential within a mobile app to its citizens. Currently, there are 47 million DNI cards in circulation and recent legislation has accorded full legal equivalence to the smartphone version of the card.

The Mi Argentina app, which houses the National Identity Document, was developed by the Ministry of Modernization and allows citizens who download the app on their mobile devices to request appointments, receive health information and access credentials, such as their driver's license. Powered by HID goID technology, citizens can also access their National Identity Document on a mobile device on the app while offline.

Citizens with the Mi Argentina app can initiate their request for a mobile ID by visiting a Renaper office, where their identity is verified and authenticated. Once approved, they receive an email with a code to activate their National Identity Document. In the event a smartphone is lost or stolen, credentials can be immediately revoked, safeguarding the citizen from potential identity theft.

The mobile ID is securely stored on the citizen's smartphone, meaning it can still be accessed if the cell phone has no data plan or when connection to a network or Wi-Fi is not available. Storage on the phone brings additional security for the mobile ID ecosystem, as a channel back to the central database is never required.

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