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Esta medida busca evitar que los mayores de 70 años deban apersonarse a las oficinas del TE

TE announces indefinite validity of the identity card for those over 70

This morning the Electoral Tribunal (TE) revealed that as of this date the personal identity card of citizens over 70 years of age will be valid indefinitely and the permanent resident card of foreigners will maintain a duration of 10 years.
In addition, the entity pointed out that the cédulas for the rest of the citizens will be valid for 15 years.

The new validity of the personal identity card of Panamanians over 70 years of age is given so that it can be issued to them indefinitely, thus avoiding having to appear at the offices of the TE, the Court's statement said.

The institution adds that those over 70 years of age will only be able to carry out the renewal process if the document is lost, either because they have been victims of theft, robbery, or there changes to their data that warrant the issuance of a new document.

On the other hand, regarding the resident card, it is reported that it will only be processed in the TE by authorization of the National Migration Service (SNM) for the first time and those that must obtain it due to expiration, deterioration, loss or theft must be re-issued, according to Decree Law 3 of 2008, regulated by Executive Decree 320 of 2008.

The TE emphasizes that those who face the special situations described in Law 25 of 2008, the TE will determine the issuance of the document within the term that is set.

This stems from Decree 48 of November 24, 2020, which modifies articles 3 and 5 of Decree 1 of February 1, 2017, modified by Decree 21 of May 28, 2020, which bears the signature of the presiding magistrate of the TE, Heriberto Araúz Sánchez; the magistrate first vice president, Eduardo Valdés Escoffery; and the magistrate second vice president, Alfredo Juncá Wendehake, concludes the statement of the TE.
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