Official passport Ukraine
Official Ukrainian passports in the form of a paper blue book appeared in 1994. How to understand all the nuances?
In 2015, Ukraine, moving towards a visa-free regime with the EU, began to reduce the production of passports in the form of booklets. Instead, Ukraine switched to issuing biometric passports in the form of a plastic card with a special chip inside.
From April 1, 2018, the subdivisions of the State Migration Service stopped applications for old Ukrainian passports (blue books). Moreover, the equipment for their production was stopped and written off from the state balance of Ukraine.
Not all citizens were able to enthusiastically accept such changes. Several representatives of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church applied to the court for issuance of old-style passports. In September 2018, the claims of dissenting citizens were fully satisfied. At that time, it was decided that the refusal to issue a passport in the form of a booklet is a violation of constitutional human rights (namely, a citizen is deprived of the right to choose). Since that moment, the issuance of old-style Ukrainian passports has been resumed. Of course, there was no talk of launching a new production: this process was unprofitable from a financial point of view. Citizens were issued paper passports, which remained on the balance of state reserves.
We should already about issuing old Ukrainian passports. We have more than 17 thousand cases of forgery of old passports. Also, according to the information of the Security Service of Ukraine and other law enforcement agencies, the last batch of booklet passports was issued in 2013-2014. After that, they were not produced. But according to law enforcement agencies, Ukrainian passports in the form of a blue book were massively forged in the occupied territory of Ukraine. How can you tell if a Ukrainian passport is real?
What will happen to old Ukrainian passports?
Passports of the old sample are official documents and have full legal force. To date, only the issuance of old passports has been canceled. That is, as soon as a citizen of Ukraine reaches the age of 25 or 45, he gets an ID card. Citizens of 14 years of age immediately receive a passport issued in the form of a plastic card.
In case of loss (loss, theft) of an old Ukrainian passport, it is no longer possible to get a similar one. In this situation, the lost passport in the form of a booklet will be replaced with an ID card.
What is the validity of old sample Ukrainian passport?
For persons aged 14 to 18 years, a passport of a citizen of Ukraine in the form of a card is issued with a validity period of up to 4 years. For persons over 18 years old, a passport of a citizen of Ukraine in the form of a card is issued with a validity period of up to 10 years.
Do I need to change my old Ukrainian passport to a new one?
It is possible to replace an old Ukrainian passport with an ID card at any convenient time. Moreover, the legislator has not established a limit on the validity of a passport in the form of a booklet (sample of 1994); accordingly, the mandatory replacement of a passport with an ID card has not been established.