The ubiquity of high technology requires fundamental changes in personal identification using passports. The Russian government approved the concept of the transition from an obsolete paper form factor to more advanced types of documents. Russians will be able to receive two new passports: a plastic card with an integrated chip and in a virtual form on a special mobile application. Specialists involved in the electronic passportization of Russians said that in addition to a plastic card with a chip, citizens can voluntarily install a special application on smartphones. Access to personal data of citizens will allow you to find out his digital profile, and an electronic signature will certify legal documents requiring identification. The issuance of the first electronic passports will begin in a year from July 2020. In paper format, passports will cease to be issued in 2023. The final transition to digital passports will be completed by the end of 2028. The developers note that one of the main functions of the new documents is the prompt and accurate identification of citizens by the police, for which you can simply enter the application through a single identification and authentication system (ESIA). Personal data of citizens will be encrypted in the format of a QR code or NFC tag. In the case when the citizen does not have a smartphone, the policeman will be able to use his mobile device. Officials responsible for the digital passportization process note that electronic passports are necessary for the effective operation of the ESIA, the public services portal. The cost of the program is estimated at 144 million rubles.