Biometric Identity Cards Are Instrumental In Resolving Identity Doubts

By Amin Kef (Ranger)

In Sierra Leone, Biometric Identity Cards are gaining recognition as a reliable solution for resolving identity doubts during critical moments, whether determining a resident’s citizenship status or facilitating access to essential services. These cards, categorized for Nationals and Non-Nationals, are embedded with unique chips containing biometric data, ensuring accurate identity verification.

Moreover, each Biometric ID Card features a unique National Identification Number (NIN), linking individuals’ records in the National Identity Database for a lifetime. The National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) underscores the importance of the NIN, particularly in distinguishing individuals with identical names and enhancing personal security.

Highlighting the significance of these cards, the NCRA emphasizes their role in improving personal security and facilitating access to Government and private sector services. Notably, the NIN has become mandatory for pupils in public examination classes and foreign nationals applying for work and residence permits.

The Director General of the NCRA, Mohamed M. Massaquoi, stressed the mandatory nature of obtaining the National Identification Card, urging citizens to acquire them promptly before the March 31st, 2024 deadline.

In contemporary Sierra Leone, the National ID Card transcends being a mere identification document, serving as a cornerstone of legal identity with multifaceted benefits. Its role in identity verification streamlines processes within the financial sector and is increasingly required for various transactions and services.

Residents aged 12 and above can easily obtain the National ID Card at designated NCRA centers across the country. Non-citizens must also apply for the Non-National ID Card for permits.

To ensure accessibility, specific NCRA offices and centers have been established nationwide, offering corporate services and promoting efficiency in identity verification processes.These include NCRA Headquarters and various regional offices in Bo, Kenema, Makeni, and Port Loko.

With the deadline approaching, both citizens and non-citizens are urged to act promptly to avoid last-minute rushes. Law enforcement authorities stress the importance of meeting this deadline for compliance and ease of access to services.

The designated centres are:

1.NCRA Headquarters: 2 Walpole Street, Freetown.
2. NCRA Office: 23B Off Kingharman Road, Freetown.
3. NCRA Office: Kennedy Street, Freetown.
4. NCRA Branch Office: 230 Lumley Road, Freetown (By the Round- About).
5. NCRA Office: Waterloo along the Freetown High Way (Opposite the Police Station).
6. NCRA Offices: Regional Headquarter Towns of Bo, Kenema, Makeni, and Port Loko.

For thorough information regarding these services, individuals can reach out to us using any of the following phone numbers: +232-33-433-333, +232-30-500-000, +232-60-000, +232-78-221-812, or via email at


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