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The Registration of Persons Department has proposed to bring down the present age limit for individuals to obtain National Identity Cards from 16 to 15 years, officials said yesterday.

The Department has proposed to implement this decision along with the introduction of electronic NICs. The Department has sought to amend the Persons Registration Act to accommodate this proposal.  The Act, originally enacted in 1968, was amended twice in 1971.

A top Department official said the Attorney General’s Department was yet to give its nod for the proposed amendment.

Eight per cent of Sri Lanka’s population does not have NICs.  The situation is even worse in the north with as many as 18 percent above 16 not possessing NICs in the Wanni electoral district.(KB)

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  • Jagath Leanage Saturday, 13 April 2013 02:00 AM

    Very good move. My daughter could'nt obtain her NIC for her O'Levels as she has not compleeted 16 years & was born in January 1997. With this ammendment, children born in January too will be able to obtain NICs', before sitting for O'Levels.

    damith Saturday, 13 April 2013 04:47 AM

    NIC should be compulsory from age 10 or less. specialy for security purposes...
    In Cuba, there is almost 0% crimes.. you can walk on the street any time in the night . nobody will rob you..

    In Cuba.. you have to have your NIC card with you always.... otherwise , police can arrest you

    Truth Sunday, 14 April 2013 02:08 PM

    Issue an ID with finger print,eye scanning details ,blood group.
    current ID is a flop.
    I know few INDIANS who penetrated to SL through north got IDs. they've got SL passport too.

    Punny Pellow Monday, 15 April 2013 02:54 AM

    Why not register them at birth?.


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