In order to reduce administrative burden on Bulgarian citizens, the country’s Cabinet approved changes to the rules for issuing personal documents.

The Sofia Globe reports that these changes include making it possible to apply for an ID card via the electronic automated services system of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs without the need for an electronic signature.

When the requests are submitted to the diplomatic and consular missions of Bulgaria abroad, the time limits for providing a passport can be shortened.

Bulgarians will be able to get an identity document through an authorised postal or courier service provider, when the request is submitted in person at the diplomatic and consular missions.

In some cases, it will be possible to apply for a driving licence at regional departments of the Interior Ministry where the permanent residential address of the person in question is registered.

The issuing of a temporary passport by diplomatic and consular missions will be co-ordinated only with the Foreign Ministry.

This will not apply to the applicants that have not had Bulgarian identity documents issued after 1 September 1999.

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