Spanish ID card

John Clizbe JPClizbe at
Fri Nov 17 21:25:29 CET 2006

David Picon Alvarez wrote:
> Hello,
> Can anyone inform me if gpg will atl all work with the new Spanish
> electronic ID card? The official site for it is
> but I don't know if they have anything but a Spanish version. It would be
> nice to be able to sign and encrypt using a familiar program.

Hola David,

A quick scan of Guia de Referencia Basica
( confirms
what I had initially thought: It is a X.509v3 based system.

You'll need the card specific PKCS#11 library (Crytographic Service Provider in
Windows parlance) and a reader and you should be able to use the card with most
modern browsers and email programs:eg, IE/OE/Outlook,
Firefox/Thunderbird/Seamonkey. There may be others, but those are the ones I
deal with on Windows platforms. Info on the CSP is at

Since you're using Windows, for email signing you'll be limited to S/MIME unless
use use a Smart Card-enabled application such as a modern release of PGP which
allows the use of a X.509 certificate to make an OpenPGP signature. (The keys on
the cards are RSA).

If my Spanish wasn't so rusty I could probably give you some better answers.

John P. Clizbe                   Inet:   JPClizbe(a)tx DOT rr DOT con
Golden Bear Networks             PGP/GPG KeyID: 0x608D2A10
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and those who matter don't mind." - Dr Seuss, "Oh the Places You'll Go"

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