The Ministry of the Interior provides access to electronic registry services for citizens who possess an electronic ID card with a chip (eID card). Through these services, certain registry matters can be processed electronically. The introduction of the electronic registry is mandated by an amendment to the Registry Act, effective from October 1, 2015. The Ministry of the Interior serves as the administrator of the electronic registry.
The electronic registry is a specialized portal where electronic forms are published. By completing and signing these forms with a qualified electronic signature, citizens of the Slovak Republic, foreigners residing in the territory of the Slovak Republic, or individuals granted asylum within the territory of the Slovak Republic can utilize selected electronic services related to registry matters provided by registry offices, the ministry, and district offices.
Simultaneously, it functions as an information system designed for the collection, storage, management, and provision of data in electronic form, facilitating electronic communication among public authorities in the realm of registries.
To avail electronic registry services, a chip-enabled ID card with a qualified electronic signature is required.
The electronic registry offers certain advantages even to citizens without a chip-enabled ID card. Such individuals can request (either in person or by mail) certificates and extracts from any registry in Slovakia connected to the electronic registry. This means they are not limited to requesting documents exclusively from the relevant registry at the place of marriage, birth, or death but can do so from anywhere. This is intended to save not only time but also expenses associated with travel.
In connection with the electronic registry, a central database of registry events is being established, integrated with the Register of Natural Persons. This database records information about individuals linked to registry events documented in marriage, birth, and death registers. Consequently, citizens do not need to submit documents to the registry that are already stored in the electronic registry.
Registry offices, the Ministry of the Interior, district offices, and other state authorities are obligated to use the electronic registry. Courts, medical professionals, and entities of churches and religious societies are temporarily exempt from its use if technical reasons prevent them from doing so.