Getting a new Greek ID card just got a lot faster

A scheme allowing police precincts to issue new identity cards on the spot was implemented on Tuesday.

Officers have direct online connections to the numerous government departments that are able to confirm an applicant’s details.

Therefore, applicants only need to bring two photographs and a witness with them.

They will be asked three questions relating to the personal records.

If these are answered correctly, the new ID card will be issued within minutes.

It is estimated the new system will save officers a total of some 150,000 working hours each year.