PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 25TH, 2022 ONLY PERSONS APPLYING FOR AN IDENTIFICATION CARD FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, WILL REQUIRE AN APPOINTMENT.
If you had previously secured an appointment you can, from October 25th, 2022, visit your respective Registration Area Office to conduct the following transactions:
- Renewals of identification cards
- Replacement of lost/stolen/defaced identification cards
- Change(s) of name and/or address
You can visit your Registration Area Office two (2) months prior to the expiration date on your identification card.
Persons who are physically incapacitated can make a request to the Registration Officer of the Registration Area in which they reside to have the transaction effected at home in accordance with Registration Rule No.8(3).
Be prepared to be photographed for the new card.
Replacement of Lost, Stolen or Damaged Identification Card
If your identification card has been either lost or stolen, the very first thing you do it make a Report to the nearest police station.
You then visit the Registration Area Office where you live to be interviewed and issued with Form A-71 and a voucher. The Form is used to make a declaration, in the presence of a Commissioner of Affidavits, that the card was lost. The voucher is used to pay a fee of $10.00 for a first replacement or $20.00 for a second replacement, at a District Revenue Office nearest to you.
The Form, stamped and signed by the Commissioner of Affidavits, together with the voucher and receipt issued by the Revenue Officer, are then taken back to the Registration Office for processing and replacement of the ID card.
(iv)Thereafter, a letter will be issued by the Registration Office to collect the card.
With respect to a mutilated card, the declaration will be required only if the remains of the card cannot be produced. Also see new security feature on National Identification Card.
You are NO LONGER required to make an appointment to to replace a lost/stolen identification card.
In accordance with Section 43 and 44 of the Representation of the People Act under the Registration Rules Registered persons who change their residential address either within a Registration Area or from one Registration Area to another are required to notify the appropriate Registration Officer accordingly. It is critical that registrants discharge this responsibility, since, apart from assisting the Commission in its ongoing efforts to maintain an accurate register of electors, it also ensures that electors are placed in the correct polling division/electoral district. This transaction does not necessitate the issue of a new Identification (ID) Card.
Change of Name
Registered persons who change their names, primarily by marriage or Deed Poll, should notify their Registration Officer, so that the Commission’s records can be updated and a new I.D card bearing the registrant’s new name issued. The ID card bearing the name which has been changed is required to be surrendered.
If you’re changing the name on your ID card by virtue of marriage, you will be required to present your marriage certificate and a copy for your transaction. If you’re reverting to your maiden name by virtue of divorce, you will be required to present the Divorce Decree Absolute.