Grab Yours Now… Biometric ID Cards: Facilitating Access to Vital Services

Biometric National ID Cards.png

By Amin Kef Sesay

Sierra Leoneans have been granted an extended window to obtain their Biometric National ID Cards, as announced by the Government through the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA). With the new deadline set for June 28th, 2024, citizens and non-nationals alike have ample time to acquire these crucial identification documents. This decision, conveyed through a Public Notice on March 28th, 2024, is aimed at ensuring widespread access to vital services and compliance with a Cabinet Directive ratified by Parliament in 2022.

The inclusion of National Identification Numbers (NIN) in these ID Cards opens up access to a myriad of services, ranging from financial transactions to vehicle registration and educational institution enrollment. Individuals are strongly urged to obtain their ID Cards from any NCRA office or designated center across the nation, operating from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday. While National and Non-National ID Cards are mandatory, obtaining an ECOWAS identity card remains optional.

Starting July 1st, 2024, the NCRA will collaborate closely with the security sector to ensure adherence to the Cabinet Directive and Parliamentary Ratification, thereby ensuring accurate identification of all residents. The NIN embedded in the ID Cards serves as the primary mode of personal identification in Sierra Leone, underscoring the importance for all residents to acquire and carry their ID Cards.

For further assistance, individuals can reach out to the NCRA or visit their nearest registration centers. This extension follows a previous Public Notice issued in February 2024, demonstrating the Government’s commitment to providing ample opportunity for the public to obtain their ID Cards.

The NINs incorporated into the ID Cards will serve as prerequisites for various transactions and services, emphasizing their crucial role in accessing essential services and rights. The NCRA has established numerous centers across Sierra Leone to streamline the acquisition process for individuals aged 12 and above, including non-citizens applying for Non-National ID Cards.

The introduction of ECOWAS-compliant Identity Cards has not only evoked a sense of pride among cardholders but has also unlocked seamless opportunities for accessing social services and Government provisions.

Designated Centers for Acquiring Biometric ID Cards 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 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.

For detailed inquiries regarding these services, interested parties can contact the NCRA via the following phone numbers: +232-33-433-333, +232-30-500-000, +232-60-000, +232-78-221-812, or through email at


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here