The smart identification card (Smart ID) was launched to the public today by the Department of Registration of Persons (DRP), Department Commissioner General Viyani Gunathilaka said.
To symbolize the Inauguration of the Smart ID, the first printed Smart ID was handed over to Wayamba Development and Cultural Affairs Minister S. B. Nawinne and fifteen other applicants who applied today at the ceremony.
Speaking at the event Mr. Gunathilaka said all National Identity cards would be renewed with front-facing images prior to converting them to Electronic Identity (E-ID) Cards.
He said the Smart ID programme was a huge challenge for the department however achieved the goal with many difficulties.
“The manual process was initiated in 1972 and the entire process changed to an automated form from Thursday evenin after receiving all the relevant electronic equipment. By initiating this process, the government plans to re-register all citizens and create a National Persons’ Registry (NPR). In our country, we never had a database such as NPR. We have already made the legal background for this and within a short period of time we will begin the collection of information for the NPR database,” Mr. Gunathilaka said.
The database will include information such as the blood group, family details and other personal information will be included in the registry, which could only be viewed by high ranking officials in the Department and law enforcement authorities under special circumstances.
The Commissioner went on to say that all details mentioned in the existing ID will be available in the new ID in all three languages, in addition to biometric data such as finger prints as well as a personalize bar code.
This Smart ID will be issued only for new applicants and renewals and is not compulsory for all citizens to obtain the Smart ID immediately.
“The existing identity card is valid. After the completion of the NPR, new ID’s will be mailed to those who are already registered in the system. This process will atleast take a year to be implemented,” he said.
The department is looking forward to decentralizing the system to ease the issuance of the ID and several Divisional Secretaries had already been given the facility.
The photos in Smart IDs issued from October, 27 will be engraved on a special polycarbonate plastic with the use of laser technology.
“This Smart ID is an interim solution before issuing the Electronic Identity (E-ID), which does not have an expiry date, unlike the EID which expires every ten years. The expiry date will be printed on the E-ID after completing the NPR and the IDs of those between the ages of 15 and 40 should be renewed every ten years. School children in grade 10 who are 15 years of their age can apply for the NIC before sitting for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) O/L. The ID’s of those over the age of 40 will need no change. The ID’s will be made according to international standards and will use a special software provided by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). So far, the department has registered close to 1,700 studios countrywide. These studios have already installed the software provided by the ICAO, and the photos will be sent to the department online. The DRP has decided to launch a new registry for Sri Lankans by the end of next year. After collecting data, the department will issue Electronic Identity (E-ID) Cards by the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019,” Mr. Gunathilaka said. (Chaturanga Pradeep)
Not only the ID should be smart but the person holding it too. We see human beings but not humanity in Sri Lanka.
miracle reconciled Friday, 27 October 2017 11:10 AM
Smart people have 2, 3 IDs. here.
Yeti Saturday, 28 October 2017 06:24 AM
You are so right Scooby!
Freddy Yong Friday, 27 October 2017 10:24 AM
WHAT ABOUT US ??
dp Friday, 27 October 2017 09:21 PM
freddy ,you are too young for this ..apply when you are 18.
Chinese Saturday, 28 October 2017 01:24 AM
Freddy "YONG" since you are Chinese SL GVMNT will NOT issue an ID for you. SL GVMNT Doesn't need foreign nationals fingerprint in SL database. LOL
Concern netizen Friday, 27 October 2017 10:26 AM
before implementing the system, the dpt should address the privacy concerns of using the smart id card, I don't think many ppl are aware of the implications of using a smart id card.
Sincere Friday, 27 October 2017 11:15 AM
When they talk of smart ID's my old ID submitted for renewal more than 8 months ago has not yet been renewed and received. "kathaawa nam dolawen, gamana nam payin"
Rondy Friday, 27 October 2017 11:44 AM
May be you're not aware NIC can be obtained within the day if you visit ID office in Battaramulla.That's 'walking the talk'.
Dee Friday, 27 October 2017 12:02 PM
That's cause they were preparing for change. Don't worry . Now you'll get a smart one.
lkboy Friday, 27 October 2017 11:38 AM
Is this safe?
lankankolla Friday, 26 January 2018 04:58 PM
Nope all our privacy details are now electronic meaning it is vulnerable.
jaypee Friday, 27 October 2017 11:56 AM
Trust arrangements will be made to issue these without any inconvenience to people who are getting hammered from all angles, including traffic blocks
Wise Donkey Friday, 27 October 2017 01:51 PM
But for Mrs Weerawansa and the Saudu who got caught for attacking Rohingyas this will be the third ID ! More the merrier!!
ANTON Friday, 27 October 2017 04:08 PM
CREATE A NATIONAL DNA DATABASE AS WELL!
Dickie bird Friday, 27 October 2017 04:32 PM
If its a smart ID, it should contain thumb prints in a chip embedded into to the smart ID.This is a half baked job to earn a quick commission.
sunil vijaya Saturday, 28 October 2017 02:34 AM
those who hold dual citizenship need to be contacted before they post ids. as the addresses appear on current ids may not be no longer true and should be updated.
Ranjan Saturday, 28 October 2017 04:33 AM
People in Sri Lanka are so ignorant.All over the world the masses are fighting against governments keeping personal records of individuals but in Sri Lanka the people are happy that their privacy is being compromised by the state.
Kadiya Saturday, 28 October 2017 06:23 AM
Smart or not how long do we have to wait or it once we apply? If we can get them in a jiffy, that's smart!
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