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  Croatia
 Europe (except Belarus, Kosovo, Russia, and Ukraine)
France French overseas territories
Georgia (country) Georgia
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 18. This document is issued by the police on behalf of the Ministry of the Interior.[1]

Both the 2003 and the 2013 version of the ID card are valid as travel documents in most of Europe. The pre-2003 version is valid only in Croatia.


SR Croatia had identity cards during the time SFR Yugoslavia since 1974.[2] When the country became independent, a new identity card replaced the old one with a two-year transition period.[3]

Physical appearance[edit]

Similarly to a credit card, the identity card is plastic and rectangular in shape, 86 × 54 millimeters in size. Unbelievably, but last two models of Croatian ID's have advertisements printed on them. Previous model had "Trub" and actual one has "AKDcard" manufacturer's emblem on it.

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).[1]

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 18, and who do not have a valid ID, can pay a fine from 1,500 up to 2,500 kn. Failure to show a valid ID to a police officer in a public place can result in a fine of 100 kn.[1]

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 the entire European Economic Area. Croatia finished negotiating their accession to the EEA in November 2013.

Today, the card is a valid travel document in almost all of Europe (except Belarus, Kosovo, Russia, Ukraine), as well as in Georgia, and French overseas territories.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Zakon o osobnoj iskaznici Archived 2008-03-08 at the Wayback Machine. (in Croatian)
  2. ^ "Zakon o osobnoj karti", Narodne novine, issue 54, 1974.
  3. ^ "Zakon o osobnoj iskaznici", Narodne novine, issue 53, 1991.

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