Spain's paper bureaucracy heads for the shredder
2 January 2007, MADRID — Spain went one step closer on Tuesday to cutting the paper bureaucracy which dominates every encounter with officialdom.
2 January 2007
MADRID — Spain went one step closer on Tuesday to cutting the paper bureaucracy which dominates every encounter with officialdom.
Spaniards and foreigners alike will no longer have to bring a copy of their identity card or official documents like driving licences or their empadronamiento papers when they deal with authorities.
From now on it will be the responsibility of the government department, council or police office to check only the person’s real identity papers.
If authorities already have copies of these documents on computer, then departments cannot, from now, on demand paper copies of them too.
This was part of a change brought in by the government to save people bringing copies of their official documents whenever they had to deal with officialdom.
The new measure should save an estimated four million photocopies from being made every year.
The government said it should also improve security as it is easier to manipulate a copy of a document than the real thing.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news