Citizens Must Secure Biometric ID Cards to Bolster Safety & Ease Local Transactions

By Amin Kef (Ranger)

Sierra Leone is embarking on a transformative journey towards enhanced security and streamlined transactions through a groundbreaking initiative by the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA). The recent introduction of Securitized and Multi-purpose Biometric Identity Cards, complemented by an advanced ID Verification System earlier this year, represents a significant stride towards ensuring citizen safety and simplifying day-to-day dealings across the country.

The core purpose driving this initiative is two-fold: to bolster citizen safety and ease local transactions. These Biometric ID cards, now mandatory at checkpoints nationwide, offer not just identification but a secure repository for personal information, prioritizing individual rights while unlocking access to vital services. Beyond a mere card, these IDs are gateways to a future filled with endless possibilities. The NCRA is steadfast in emphasizing that the national ID card isn’t merely a means of identification; it’s a key to a future where convenience and security reign.

The implementation of this innovative ID system promises citizens seamless and secure transactions, ensuring convenience for every cardholder. Consequently, the NCRA strongly encourages citizens to acquire their National ID Cards from any NCRA branch, underscoring the power and convenience these cards provide in today’s dynamic landscape.

To simplify the application process, citizens are urged to visit specific NCRA Offices and designated Centers strategically located across the nation:

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: Respective Regional Headquarter Towns of Bo, Kenema, Makeni, and Port Loko.

In a bid to increase accessibility, the NCRA has introduced corporate services tailored for organizations and institutions like Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs), Foreign Missions, and Financial Institutions. For comprehensive information on these corporate services, interested parties can contact the following numbers: +232-33-433-333 / +232-30-500-000 / +232-60-000 / +232-78-221-812 or via EMAIL:

The introduction of biometric national identity cards underscores the government’s commitment to fostering a safer, more efficient, and accessible environment for all Sierra Leoneans, empowering both individuals and organizations.


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