Thursday, 10 June 2021

Goodbye Stamps for Croatian Passport and Driving License Renewals?

June the 10th, 2021 - For all those who have been through the delightful procedure of renewing a Croatian passport, driving license or other document, the topic of stamps will be all too familiar. Could that outdated and quite frankly ridiculous process now finally be coming to an end? Maybe.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Ministry of Finance has submitted a proposal for a new Regulation on the tariffs of administrative fees for public discussion. This is a revolutionary decree, which will reduce the amount of tariff numbers from 95 down to a much lower 58.

What this translates to is that it's now possible that people might no longer have to pay administrative fees or buy stamps for many as 177 various documents obtained from the state authorities.

Should this proposal be accepted, people will no longer need the infamous stamps when obtaining a driver's and traffic license, a Croatian passport, when certifying signatures, for issuing a decision to open a company, for issuing new documents, for issuing site approvals for oil, gas and more.

There has also been a proposal to totally abolish all cadastral fees, fees in the field of education, sports and water management, when acquiring real estate, in the field of cultural heritage protection and fees in the field of competition protection. This, of course, doesn't mean that all these documents will no longer be needed, and this decree merely abolishes the payment of stamps for their issuance.

The explanation of the proposed decree which will remove this outdated procedure for the issuing of Croatian passports and much more states that the abolition, ie the partial abolition of administrative fees/stamps, will reduce the state budget revenue by around 80 million kuna. The biggest relief for people and businessmen, in the amount of about 69.3 million kuna, will be felt in the area of ​​internal affairs.

Revenue from cadastral fees will be lower by about 3.6 million kuna, in the field of healthcare by about 2 million kuna, and in water management by about 1.2 million kuna, reports Jutarnji list.

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