Wednesday 28 October, 2020

EBC launches new national ID cards

Photo: EBC Chairman Mark Ramkerrysingh conducts the transaction for his new national identification card. Credit: EBC.

Photo: EBC Chairman Mark Ramkerrysingh conducts the transaction for his new national identification card. Credit: EBC.

The Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) has launched a new styled National Identification Card which will replace the ones currently in circulation.

The new card was unveiled on Monday and is in line with current developments in election management.

The new card, which will be introduced on a phased basis, is made of a polycarbonate substrate and incorporates a “sophisticated array of security features to ensure multi-layered protection against the threat of counterfeit and fraud”.

The EBC said in the initial phase, these cards will only be available to first-time applicants, persons replacing lost or stolen cards and those changing their names.

Effective January 2021, cards will be available to all registered persons. 

This will include those whose ID cards have expired and those due to expire in 2020, where the expiry dates were previously extended to December 31, 2020.  

The EBC advised that renewals for expired ID cards will resume in January 2021 and will be conducted by appointments only. Further details on the appointment system will be released in due course.

National ID cards that have not yet expired remain valid and will be accepted everywhere this form of identification is required.

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