Can I obtain an identity card?
If you have completed 16 years of age and if you are a Sri Lankan citizen you can obtain an identity card
When should I amend my identity card?
What are the documents I should submit for an amendment?
How can I obtain a new identity card in place of a lost identity card?
N.B : If any of those who obtain duplicates for lost identity cards, later found or recovered the lost identity card, they should immediately submitted such identity cards to the Commissioner General.
How to obtain an application from an identity card?
To whom the application for identity cards should be handed over?
Are the first-timer applications or the applications for amendments or for a duplicate of a lost identity card different from each other?
The relevant application form for the intended category is decided by the certifying officers through the QR Code.
Is the original of the birth certificate compulsory?
How to apply for one day service? What is the fee charged?
Can I obtain an identity card if my name does not appear in the Electoral Register?
Yes you can. Registration in the Electoral Register is not mandatory to obtain an identity card. Such registration in an added substantiation to prove your identity.
Can a person, who is not a permanent resident, obtain an identity card? How?
You can forward an application through the Grama Niladhari.
Can a person living abroad obtain an identity card?
No. Application should be submitted after returning to the Island
Can the National Identity Card be taken when going abroad?
No. If you intend to stay abroad for a period of more than 6 months your identity card should be handed over to a prescribed officer and a පු.ලි.දෙ/මෙ/02 receipt should be obtained in terms of the Section 19(12) of the Act.
Can an identity card be translated to a foreign language? What steps should be taken in this regard?
You can come to the Operations Division and you can obtain an English translation after paying a fee of Rs. 1000.00. Rs. 1500 has to be paid for translations to any other language.
How can a dual citizenship holder obtain an identity card?
An application in the form පු.ලි.දෙ/වි/1,7,8 should be submitted by a person who has obtained dual citizenship under Section 19(2) of the Citizenship Act. If such person has obtained an identity card already, he/she should surrender it to the Commissioner General and obtain a receipt. He/she should submit an application and obtain a new identity card number in the like manner that a first- timer obtains an identity card. A person whose Sri Lankan citizenship is not cancelled and living in another country with permanent visa and has obtained dual citizenship and has obtained an identity card earlier an application in the form පු.ලි.දෙ/වි/1,7,8 should be submitted after getting the existing identity card testified.
Born abroad to Sri Lankan parents, can I obtain a NIC? What steps that I should take?
You can obtain an identity card. The birth of the child should be registered after submitting the application through the overseas mission of the country where the birth occurred or by forwarding the application directly to the Citizenship Division of the DIE under Section 5(2) of the Citizenship Act no 18 of 1948. Such child will own Sri Lankan citizenship until he passes the age of 21 years and reaches the age 22. (There is nothing to prevent such child having citizenship in the relevant foreign country). When the person reaches the age of 16 years an application can be made to the Department with the certificate issued under Section 5(2) of the Citizenship Act and the birth certificate issued by the Registrar General’s Department and obtain an identity card.
Can anybody check the Identity Card? When should an Identity card be produced? Can anybody refuse to produce the Identity Card?
Following are the officers who can ask for the Identity Card for examination and retain by the Orders in the Extraordinary gazette No 1380/17 of March 29,2005 published under Section 15 of the Registration of Persons Act.
Other than the above mentioned officers it is illegal for any officer or person to ask for the identity card for inspection. Checking and retaining an identity card is illegal. You can refuse to show your identity card to such person. According to the provision of the above Act it is compulsory that you produce the identity card to any authorized officer. However you are allowed to show your identity card at your discretion when you have to prove your identity in getting any service.
Some private organizations use to retain the identity cards as security when any goods or services offered. Can the identity card be kept with another person or an institution?
It is not legal to offer the identity card as security for any goods or services. However any person can prove his/her identity producing the identity card when he requires any service from any institution.
Can the identity card be alienated?No. it cannot be alienated.