Croatian identity card

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Croatian identity card
(Osobna iskaznica)
Osobna iskaznica 2015 - prednja strana.jpg
Osobna iskaznica 2013 - poleđina 01.jpg
Issued by  Croatia
Valid in

 European Union


 San Marino[4]
  Vatican City

 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Moldova[5] [6] [7]
(Channel Islands)
 Isle of Man
 Akrotiri and Dhekelia
 Faroe Islands
Type of document Identity card,
optional replacement for passport in the listed countries
Eligibility requirements Croatian citizenship

Croatian identity card (Croatian: Osobna iskaznica) is an identity document issued in Croatia. Any Croatian citizen who is resident in Croatia can obtain an ID card and it is compulsory for all citizens over the age of 16. This document is issued by the police on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior.[8]

Both the 2003 and the 2013 version of the ID card are valid in the whole European Economic Area (EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The pre-2003 version is valid only in Croatia.


SR Croatia had identity cards during the time SFR Yugoslavia since 1974.[9] When the country became independent, a new identity card replaced the old one with a two-year transition period.[10]

Physical appearance[edit]

Similarly to a credit card, the identity card is plastic and rectangular in shape, 86 × 54 millimeters in size.

2003 version[edit]

Version issued 2003-2013

On the left side is a hologram, on the right side is the photograph of the bearer. On the top edge of the card, the name of Republic of Croatia available in two languages, Croatian and English (REPUBLIKA HRVATSKA / REPUBLIC OF CROATIA), below the name of the card is available in the same two languages (OSOBNA ISKAZNICA / IDENTITY CARD).[8]

The descriptions of the fields are printed in Croatian and English.

2013 version[edit]

The 2013 version has been redesigned to be compatible for the installation of an Electronic identity card chip. Issuing of electronic ID cards began in 2015. In addition to all data on the 2003 version, the back side of the new ID card also features the Personal identification number (OIB).


Persons over the age of 16, and who do not have a valid ID, can pay a fine from 1,500 up to 2,500 kuna. Failure to show a valid ID to a police officer in a public place can result in a fine of 100 kuna.[8]

International travel[edit]

Since Croatia's accession to the EU, in accordance with the Treaty of Accession 2011, on 1 July 2013 the Croatian identity card (except for the pre-2003 version) became a valid travel document within all member states of the European Union[11] (including the Azores, the Canary Islands and Madeira), as well as the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Andorra, San Marino, the Vatican City and (by unilateral decisions of the governments of) Albania,[12] Bosnia and Herzegovina,[13][14] Republic of Kosovo,[15] Macedonia,[16] Montenegro[17] and Serbia.[18]

Croatia finished negotiating their accession to the European Economic Area in November 2013, and is set to join once their enlargement agreement is ratified by all EEA countries, Croatian citizens will then be able to use their ID cards for travels to the EFTA countries Iceland, Switzerland and Norway.[19] Since 12 April 2014, Croatia is provisionally applying the EEA agreement pending its ratification by all EEA countries.[20][21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Visa Information for Liechtenstein". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Croatia. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Visa requirements overview: Andorra". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Croatia. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Visa Information for Monaco: Holders of Normal Passports from Croatia". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA). Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Visa Information for San Marino: Holders of Normal Passports from Croatia". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA). 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ [2] (Romanian)
  7. ^ (Romanian)
  8. ^ a b Zakon o osobnoj iskaznici (Croatian)
  9. ^ "Zakon o osobnoj karti", Narodne novine, issue 54, 1974.
  10. ^ "Zakon o osobnoj iskaznici", Narodne novine, issue 53, 1991.
  11. ^ Directive 2004/38/EC on the right to move and reside freely
  12. ^ [3] Albania: visa and passport requirements
  13. ^ [4]
  14. ^ [5]
  15. ^ "Visa Information for Kosovo: Holders of Normal Passports from Croatia". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA). Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  16. ^ [6] EU residents will need only ID to enter Macedonia
  17. ^ [7] Montenegro: visa and passport requirements
  18. ^ EU citizens can enter Serbia without passport
  19. ^
  20. ^ EEA Agreement - EFTA. (1994-01-01). Retrieved on 2013-09-07.
  21. ^ "Croatia joins the EEA". European Free Trade Association. 2014-04-12. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 

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