The National Identification Authority (NIA) will today, 28 August, 2023 resume the registration and issuance of Ghana Cards to Ghanaians aged 15 years and above, who are first-time applicants and at no cost to them.
In a statement issued by the Corporate Affairs Directorate, it explained that the service will be available at eight (8) out of the 16 NIA Regional Offices and all 276 District Offices across the country.
The statement said other Regional offices in Kumasi – Ashanti Region, Sunyani – Bono Region, Techiman – Bono East Region, Koforidua – Eastern Region, Tamale – Northern Region, Ho – Volta Region, Takoradi – Western Region and Sefwi Wiawso – Western North Region will not be opened for the exercise, since these offices operate NIA’s Premium Registration Service.
Following an initiative by the Ministry of Finance, the NIA received 484,000 blank cards from its technical partners; Identity Management Systems II Limited (IMS II) and CalBank PLC, which according to the statement has made the registration exercise become possible.
The statement further explained that the registration will be carried out in two phases, in order to facilitate a smooth and well-organised process, with Phase One as the Restricted Registration to be limited to the Public Sector Workers on Government of Ghana (GoG) Payroll.
“The first phase will last a total of ten (10) working days beginning on Monday, 28th August 2023 and ending on Friday, 8th September, 2023” The NIA said.
“The second phase, being the open registration will begin on Monday, 11th September, 2023 for all Ghanaians aged 15 years and above, who have not yet applied for the Ghana Card.
“During this Phase, Ghanaians wishing to replace their lost, stolen or damaged Ghana Cards or to correct their names or dates of birth may do so in accordance with law at any of the NIA’s 286 Operational Offices nationwide offering the free registration,” the NIA statement added.
It further encouraged qualified Ghanaian citizens who are yet to register for the Ghana Card to take advantage of this opportunity as the Ghana Card serves as the sole mandatory document for the identification of citizens seeking to engage in various commercial transactions or to access a wide range of public and private services in Ghana.