FG to Launch New National ID Card with Advanced Capabilities

New National ID

The Federal Government of Nigeria is about to make a big splash with a new and improved national identity card that includes some exciting new features. In collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Nigeria Inter-bank Settlement System (NIBSS), the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) is launching an innovative national ID card that not only verifies identity but also integrates payment functions for all types of social and financial services.

A Collaboration of Power Players

This upgraded national ID card, powered by AfriGO, the national domestic card scheme, is a joint effort with key players like the CBN and NIBSS. The Head of Corporate Communications at NIMC, Kayode Adegoke, shared this news in a statement on Friday. This card is designed to be a one-stop-shop for various services, providing ease of access to financial, social, and government services.

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What’s New with the National ID?

The new card comes with features designed to empower Nigerian citizens and legal residents. It’s layered with verifiable national identity features and adheres to the NIMC Act No. 23 of 2007. This act mandates NIMC to enroll and issue a General Multipurpose Card (GMPC) to Nigerians and legal residents.

Tackling Key Needs

This innovation addresses the need for a physical ID that can also verify cardholder identity, allowing access to both government and private sector social services. It’s a big step forward for financial inclusion, empowering citizens and encouraging participation in nation-building.

Eligibility and Application

Only those registered with the National Identification Number (NIN) will be eligible to request the new ID card. The card will be produced according to International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards and is set to become Nigeria’s default national identity card.

Advanced Capabilities

The new ID card can be linked to bank accounts and used as a debit or prepaid card, offering convenience to the cardholders. This is especially beneficial for those previously excluded from financial and social services. It opens doors to government intervention programs and much more.

Ensuring Privacy and Security

NIMC is committed to protecting the personal data of cardholders, adhering to international standards on data security protocols. This includes security measures that protect users’ information.

Additional Features

Key features of the card include:

  • Machine-readable Zone (MRZ): In line with ICAO standards for e-passport information.
  • Identity Card Issue Date and Document Number: Compliant with ICAO standards.
  • Travel, Health Insurance, and Subsidy Information: The card includes a range of data to facilitate access to various services.
  • NQR: Nigeria’s quick response code contains national identification number, biometric authentication (such as fingerprint and photos), and data stored on the card chip.
  • Offline Transactions: The card supports offline transactions, allowing use in areas with limited network coverage.
  • Debit and Prepaid Functionality: The card caters to both banked and unbanked individuals.

How to Get Your Card

Registered citizens and legal residents can request the card online, at any commercial bank, through participating agencies or agents, and at NIMC offices nationwide.

This new national ID card is a game-changer for Nigeria, offering convenience, security, and greater access to a range of essential services. It’s an exciting step forward for the country.

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