Fact Check: Expiry Date of 2031 On Some Romanian National ID Cards Is NOT Proof That Citizens Will Be Exterminated That Year

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  • by: Lead Stories Staff
Fact Check: Expiry Date of 2031 On Some Romanian National ID Cards Is NOT Proof That Citizens Will Be Exterminated That Year IDs To Change

Does the expiration of some Romanian national ID cards in 2031 mean that the Romanian state and/or citizens will be exterminated that year? No, that's not true: A European Union-mandated change requires that all Romanian national ID cards be electronic cards and that older cards currently in use be phased out by 2031.

The claim appeared in a video (archived here) on TikTok by user @ion.dragos.horeaba on July 25, 2023, with a caption (translated from Romanian to English by Lead Stories staff) reading:

We'll be exterminated by 2031. An expiry date has been set on us.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Thu Jul 27 09:50:26 2023 UTC)

The person explains that he asked approximately 80 followers to check their ID cards and most of them found an expiry date in 2030 or in 2031, which he believes is an indication everyone will be exterminated then.

A new legal ordinance, approved in January 2023, requires the gradual introduction of electronic ID cards for all Romanian citizens by August 3, 2031. According to an EU regulation (2019/1157; here) the aim is to strengthen and standardize security features of ID cards for all member states in order to "ensure easier identification and contribute to better access to services" through the "mutual recognition of electronic identification."

The new electronic ID card, shaped like a debit card, will keep the citizen's picture and two digital prints, as well as a digital certificate, in its electronic memory. The birthplace and address will no longer be inscribed on the physical ID card (as is the case for the current ID card) and instead will be stored on the chip of the electronic card.

This guideline has been publicly covered and explained in Romania, in media coverage as well as on websites of regional offices of personal records, such as this one in Bucharest. Simple nonelectronic ID cards are still available until 2031 or their expiry date.

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