Ghana Card Registration & Replacement Questions & Answers. The Ghana National Identification Authority (NIA) was set up in 2003 under the Office of the President with the mandate to issue national ID cards and manage the National Identification System (NIS). In this article, we have outlined common questions often asked about the Ghana Card ( NIA Card) and the answers to these questions.
What are the requirements for Ghana card registration?
The applicant will be required to fill out the registration form and provide a valid birth certificate, a valid passport or a valid certificate of acquired citizenship.
Applicants with documents or ID cards of the following institutions must bring them along for harmonization; SSNIT, DVLA (LICENCE), NHIS, TAX (TIN), PASSPORT, EC (VOTER CARD).
One can also go to the Registration Centre with documentary evidence to support the information provided on the registration form.
Where can I register for a Ghana card?
Applicants who were not able to register for their NIA card during the mass registration exercise may visit any of the nearest National Identification Authority (NIA) centres to register for their Ghana card.
Can I register for a Ghana card if I don’t have the required documents?
If you genuinely do not have the mandatory verification documents [Passport or Birth Certificate], you can have a relative who has already registered vouch for you.
If you do not have a relative to vouch for you then you would have to find two people who know you to be a citizen and have already registered and are willing to vouch for you
Am I required to pay any fee when registering for a Ghana card?
The Ghana Card is free for Ghanaians in the first instance. However, if you want to register by appointment as an institution or family, you will be required to pay a fee to be determined by the Authority.
Furthermore, renewals and replacements of lost or stolen cards will also attract a fee.
How many days will it take to get my card after registration?
The new Ghana Card will be issued instantly for ages 15yrs and above at centres with data/electricity connectivity.
There will be deferred issuance at the other centres for ages 0-14 as well as rural and semi-rural areas without data and electricity connectivity
Is it mandatory to register for the Ghana Card?
The NIA however has the Authority to COMPEL ANYONE WHO MAY CHOOSE NOT TO REGISTER to provide information and will outline a policy and PUNITIVE MEASURES to be applied to those who may fail to participate.
However, it is important to note that one is likely to face difficulties for refusing to take part in this national exercise. Many governmental and private agencies will require ID cards in order to provide the needed services. Institutions such as hospitals, schools, banks, insurance companies, and telecommunication companies as well as those in the aviation industry are examples of agencies that may require ID cards to provide efficient services.
What do I do when my Ghana card is misplaced or stolen?
You have to report to the nearest police stations and National Identification Authority (NIA). You would then be taken through a process that requires you to provide a police extract to certify the veracity of the loss, theft, damage, interference or destruction of the identity card and payment of a fee for the replacement.
Can I register for the Ghana card for another person?
- All Applicants are to appear in person to register at designated registration centres to establish their biometric identity.
- However, mobile registration units will be deployed to serve isolated communities and those who cannot present themselves at the registration centres like persons with disabilities, the sick who are bedridden, those in hospitals, prisons etc.
- The provision of mobile registration service would have to follow official notification and arrangements within reasonable conditions for NIA Officials, facility managers and family relations of the vulnerable person(s)
Can Ghanaians living abroad register for the Ghana card?
The National Identification Authority (NIA) law simply states that Ghanaians should be registered. It does not distinguish between Ghanaians at home and those living abroad.
What is the official NIA Head office Contact?
You may contact the NIA head office on any of the official contact numbers below:
Where is the NIA Head office located?
The NIA office can be located at the address below:
No.8 Nelson Mandela Avenue. Off Gulf House Street
South Legon, Accra, Ghana
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