National Identity Cards to get a new look

National Identity Cards to get a new look

National Identity Cards to get a new look

Written by News 1st

28 Feb, 2014 | 1:11 pm

The Department of the Registration of Persons is making arrangements to issue the national identity card under a new format.

Newsfirst reported these arrangements on the 14th of last month via our Newsfirst Primetime Sunrise Bulletin.

Speaking to Newsfirst Primetime Sunrise on Sirasa TV earlier on Friday,  the Commissioner General of the Department of the Registration of Persons, R.M.S. Sarath Kumara stated, that previously, under a notification issued in 1972, identity cards were issued in a Single language and were handwritten.

The Commissioner General added, that under the new format ID cards will be printed and will be in two languages, namely Sinhalese and Tamil.

He noted, that those ID cards that have been issued to date will be valid however, a person can request for a new identity card under the new format.

The Commissioner General of the Registration of Persons also noted, that through the intended advancement in the issuing of identity cards the department hopes to combat the forgeries that take place at present.

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