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Smart IDs coming by end of June

4 April 2017 07:24 am - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Department of Registration of Persons has taken steps to issue smart Identity Cards by the end of June replacing the ordinary identity card, as a prelude to the issuance of Electronic Identity Cards, Registration of Persons Department Commissioner General P. Viyani Gunathilake said yesterday.

He said the old laminated Identity Cards which were used since 1972 would be replaced with the smart IDs.

“The NICs used today have been changed at several occasions according to the requirements and special needs of the country,” Mr. Gunathilake.

Therefore, the department is planning to collect personal data of persons as a family unit and establish a national registry and a central database with bio data of all persons above 15 years, their biometrics and photographs obtained according to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards, he said.

Mr. Gunathilake said, obtaining biometrics and photographs of persons would be completed by the end of June.

As the second stage, the department is hoping to register each and every individual in the country in the database register.

“For that the department is seeking the relevant legal authentications and later as the third step the Electronic National Identity card would be issued,” he said.

The new Electronic ID, comprising security features against tampering, counterfeiting and forgery, will include the person's photograph, bio data, fingerprints and also the blood group. It will also conform to relevant international standards, such as those set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). (Chaturanga Pradeep)

  Comments - 10

  • Rohan Tuesday, 04 April 2017 05:16 PM

    This is all Western ideas to protect Western interests but we the stupid third world simply follow what the West wants thinking it is in our own interest.

    OMG Tuesday, 04 April 2017 06:01 PM

    Good if it is done soon, this will help to catch the criminals sooner than before. This id should be linked to driving license and passport as well. All vehicle information should be stored in the ID as well.

    Lankan Tuesday, 04 April 2017 09:14 AM

    Very good. A huge step forward via DM Android App

    lkboy Tuesday, 04 April 2017 12:10 PM

    Very good. Make it flexible to quickly update people's addresses when they change.

    Sharon Tuesday, 04 April 2017 12:16 PM

    Very good. This was long awaited since 5-6 years.

    Kamal Gunasiri Tuesday, 04 April 2017 12:29 PM

    I wonder who strategized, designed and executed this project? Any thoughts?

    Saman Tuesday, 04 April 2017 01:01 PM

    At last.. via DM iOS App

    ceylon Tuesday, 04 April 2017 01:32 PM

    good. via DM Android App

    Appu Tuesday, 04 April 2017 02:27 PM

    How many times we heard this story. Dont think will get one in my lifetime. via DM Android App

    domz Wednesday, 05 April 2017 11:39 AM

    interesting.. finally developing the country via DM Android App

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