Dusseldorf (dpa / lnw) - Application for a driver's license, student loans or parental allowance - citizens in North Rhine-Westphalia will in future be able to complete administrative procedures from home online via the central service of the federal government. The most populous federal state will join the federal user account (BundID), said Municipal Minister Ina Scharrenbach (CDU) on Friday. NRW thus renounced the further development of the state-owned "Servicekonto.NRW". The current practice of maintaining a separate user account for online administrative services in each federal state is "neither user-friendly nor economically nor technologically sensible".
Anyone who has registered with the federal government with a user account can in future digitally identify themselves to authorities nationwide. With an account at BundID, services from the NRW municipalities, the state and the federal government as well as the authorities outside of NRW can be used. Authorities, for their part, can transmit notifications and letters electronically to the applicant in a legally secure manner.
It has been possible to register with the federal user account on the state's central Internet platform since the beginning of the year. Electronic applications from the state administration are available there. Other platforms in the country are to be converted shortly.
The federal user account (BundID) went online in 2019. Citizens can voluntarily open an account with which they can identify themselves to all administrative services registered in the association. Identification and registration is possible with a user name and password, the Elster certificate for natural persons or the online ID.