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A look at the revolutionary Mobile-ID system for users of social mobile applications in Uzbekistan

A look at the revolutionary Mobile-ID system for users of social mobile applications in Uzbekistan

The country has begun utilizing the Mobile-ID system, mandated by the decree of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. This system allows users to access state services from various computing and mobile devices without needing an electronic digital signature (EDS).

Implementing this system has been under discussion for a few years. Initially, the integration of personal ID cards with SIM cards was expected by October 2019. Furthermore, towards the end of 2021, the Ministry of Finance introduced Gov Pass, a digital profile that includes passports and other documents.

To use e-services on my.gov.uz, you must log into the website via ONE-ID, a unified user identification system. Before this, logging in was possible in three ways:

  1. Inputting username and password (for pre-registered users).
  2. Using an EDS.
  3. Entering data from an ID card.

Now, a more user-friendly method, Mobile-ID, has been introduced.

What is the purpose of Mobile-ID?

Mobile ID is used to sign up in the ONE-ID system, providing access to government organization websites. Moreover, it’s essential for validating the application for electronic public services (excluding financial services) by entering a code received via an SMS to your phone.

It serves as a practical replacement for a digital signature. The advantage of Mobile-ID over EDS is its simplicity – there’s no need to carry a flash drive or install specific modules on your computer. Enter the SMS code when prompted.

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How to Connect to Mobile-ID?

There are two methods:

  1. Online – via the website or the MyGov application (Android, iOS), initiate a one-time phone number registration.
  2. Offline – visit the nearest state service centers or notary offices with a passport or ID card.

What’s the Registration Process?

For online registration via the application, you’ll need to provide your passport series and number, date of birth, and phone number. An SMS with a code will be sent, which you’ll need to input into the application. Following this, remote identification is conducted by capturing a selfie with your phone camera.

The system then verifies the selfie with the passport photo. Upon successful registration, a notification is sent, and the user is redirected to the EPIGU personal area. A video guide is available here.

ONE-ID registration with a mobile is also feasible on the website. The procedure replicates the app process, excluding the remote user identification step. After providing all the information and the SMS code, the registration page opens, where a username and password are created.

Following this, the user is directed to the EPIGU personal area. The username and password can be used for logging in. However, logging in via Mobile ID isn’t possible as the system returns an error stating, “User with such data is not registered in the Mobile ID system.” Hence, phone number registration is solely for entering EPIGU on the website.

For offline registration, present your passport to the center operator or a notary public, who’ll ask for your mobile number. This checks the user’s registration status in the ONE-ID system. If no personal information is displayed on the computer screen, inputting it into the ONE-ID electronic database is the first stage.

This requires the collection of hand fingerprints and a Face-ID snapshot. In the final stage, the mobile number is input into the database, and the confirmation code sent can be used for logging in.

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