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Obtaining a duplicate of a lost Identity Card

NB: It any of those who obtain duplicates for lost identity cards later find or recover the lost identity card, they should immediately submit such identity cards to the Commissioner General

Documents required to issue a lost in place of a detected identity card 
If the applicant needs to enter his employment in the identity card, documents to testify the employment should be submitted. Citizenship certificate, dual citizenship certificate, clergyship certificate, certificate of reclining of clergyship (de-robing), marriage certificate ect Should be submitted as relevant.

When applications for duplicate of identity cards issued before September 01, 2014 are made following documents should be submitted.




පු.ලි.දෙ/වි 1,7,8 application form along with the photocopies of following documents certified by Grama Niladhari and/or Divisional Secretary or an officer authorized by him (Copies of certificates should be able to prove the name and the date of birth of the applicant)

  • Existing identity card or Birth certificate or the birth extract


  • Probable birth certificate with a document to prove the date of birth (Birth certificate of a child/ school leaving certificate/ certificate of leaving estate/ copy of a testified horoscope/ marriage certificate/ citizenship certificate/ affidavit )
  • citizenship certificate ( link )

Documents to prove the date of birth of applicants over 40 years of age who do not possess the birth certificate or probable age certificate

  • Results of search of registers issued by the Additional District Registrar
  • A written evidence to prove the name and date of birth. (Birth certificate of a child/ school leaving certificate/ certificate of leaving the estate/ copy of a testified horoscope/ marriage certificate/ senior citizens identity card)
  • Original of formal affidavit to prove the name, date of birth and place of birth (link the form) 

Other documents required to issue identity cards

  • Samanera certificate or Upasampada certificate for a Buddhist priest
  • A certificate issued by the relevant department to prove the clergyship of other religions.
  • Certificate of reclining of clergyship (de-robing) from the relevant department
  • Marriage certificate to include the surname of the husband.
  • Citizenship certificate issued by the Department of Immigration and Emigration to prove that the applicant has obtained Sri Lankan citizenship in the case of the person born abroad to a Sri Lankan mother and father.
  • Original of the dual citizenship certificate or copy of the certificate certified by Divisional Secretary if the applicant holds dual citizenship
  • ICAO photograph obtained during the last six months.
  • Rs. 500.00 Application fee.
  • Form D.R.P/OP/02/3/ii filled by those who failed to apply for registration during the prescribed time period indicating the reasons for delay, certified by Grama Niladhari and the District Secretariat.
  • Certification of the application
  • Grama Niladhari ( Countersigning by Divisional Secretariat is compulsory )
  • For students, the principal of the school
  • For estate residents, the superintendants of the estate.
  • For special needs persons, certifying officers authorized by the Commissioner General

Handing over the completed applications for identity cards

  • Ordinary Service :
    • to the certifying officer
  • One Day Service :
    • to the One Day Service Branch of the Department for Registration of Persons, Colombo.