Romania will start issuing new ID cards beginning August 2021 to align with EU standards.

The new identification documents will have the size of the driver’s license, and will feature Romania’s and EU’s flags, and a chip with the photo and two fingerprints of the holder, said a news report.

A 10-year transition period is planned to allow the changing of ID cards as they expire, the report said.

According to current legislation, those who are over 55 years old receive ID documents that no longer expire. By comparison, EU legislation stipulated that those over 70 years old benefit of this.

Aligning to EU standards is compulsory, the report said, so no solution is available for those who refuse the chip-based ID card.