A smart card normally refers to a physical card that is used as an electronic authorisation device, which authorises or identifies a holder's right to access certain resources.
However the smart card you create when setting up your Digidentity account is virtual. The Digidentity smart card still allows for electronic authorisation but instead of it being physically stored, it is stored in the Digidentity app, providing you access to authorise your Qualified Electronic Signature. You can view your smart card under 'Authenticators' in your Digidentity app.
During the registration process you will be asked to 'create' your smart card a total of two times. First as an extra layer of security to provide your account with a two-factor authentication method (you will be asked to provide the 5-digit PIN for your smart card every time you login).
The second time you are asked to 'create' your smart card (the final step of registration) is for the purpose of authenticating your signature now that your identity has been verified. Without this final step it would not be possible to use your Qualified Electronic Signature.
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