Get Your Biometric ID Card: A Vital Step in Fighting Identity Fraud

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By Amin Kef (Ranger)

In a major step toward modernizing governance and enhancing efficiency, Sierra Leone’s National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) is urging all citizens to obtain Biometric Identification Cards across the country. These cards, each featuring a unique National Identification Number (NIN), are set to enhance security and inclusivity for all residents, including non-citizens. The NCRA is urging all Sierra Leoneans to prioritize obtaining these cards, stressing their importance for personal security, national development, and access to essential services.

The Biometric ID Cards marks a critical advancement in providing access to essential services and strengthening individual security while combating identity fraud. With the issuance deadline approaching, citizens are encouraged to promptly acquire their cards to benefit from improved service delivery in healthcare, education, and social welfare programs.

Historically, the lack of a robust identification system in Sierra Leone has created barriers, particularly for marginalized communities. The new Biometric ID Cards, equipped with NINs, aim to eliminate these barriers by offering a secure and reliable means of identification. These cards will streamline processes across various sectors, including government services, banking, electoral registration, and employment, ensuring efficient and effective service delivery.

In an era of heightened digital security concerns, the protection of personal information is paramount. The Biometric ID Cards employ advanced technologies such as fingerprints and facial recognition to authenticate identities with high accuracy, significantly reducing the risk of fraud and exploitation.

Identity theft is a major threat to individuals and institutions alike. The Biometric ID Cards, fortified with advanced security features and unique NINs, act as strong defences against such threats, ensuring the integrity of personal information and preventing fraudulent activities.

NCRA has established accessible centers across the country to facilitate the application process, ensuring widespread adoption of this transformative system. Specialized corporate services have also been introduced to cater to the diverse needs of organizations, reflecting the NCRA’s commitment to accessibility and efficiency.

The NCRA has set up several centers to facilitate the issuance of the Biometric ID Cards:

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 Roundabout)
5. NCRA Office: Waterloo along the Freetown Highway (Opposite the Police Station)
6. NCRA Offices: Regional Headquarter Towns of Bo, Kenema, Makeni, and Port Loko

Sierra Leoneans are urged to prioritize obtaining their Biometric ID Cards, recognizing their critical role in personal security, national development, and access to essential services. The NCRA emphasizes the statutory obligation and the importance of the unique National Identification Number (NIN), encouraging citizens to fulfill their civic duty by acquiring the cards.

With the implementation of Biometric ID Cards, Sierra Leone is poised to enter a new era of enhanced governance, efficiency, and security, marking a transformative milestone in its journey towards progress and inclusivity.

For detailed inquiries and assistance, individuals can contact the NCRA through the following channels: 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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