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Launching of New Identity Card


The Department for Registration of Persons using new technology launched the new smart National Identity Card at the departmental premises on 27th October 2017.The Hon. Minister of Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs. S.B Navinna participated as the Chief Guest in this occasion.  

Symbolizing this watershed event, the first Smart Card was presented to the Honorable Minister.S.B.Navinna and, after that another 10 smart cards were presented to persons. 




The new Identity Card will have a twelve digit Number and it also includes a photograph of ICAO standard and a machine -readable Barcode. Information related to name, place of birth ,address and gender will be printed  in all three languages and the signature of  identity card holder will also be featured in this new Identity Card. This new Smart Card is in line with the internationally accepted standard and this will help public to get their needs attended to easily and expeditiously.

This smart card was introduced as the first step of the proposed new e- Identity card wherein the finger mark which is considered to be a main Biometric-data is to be included.  

The old identity Cards thus far used will not be cancelled with the introduction of new Smart Card and this new identity Cards will be issued only to new applicants who apply for identity Cards after 27th October 2017.