Residents Urged to Obtain Biometric ID Cards for Improved Security and Services

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By Amin Kef (Ranger)

In a significant move towards modernizing governance and enhancing efficiency, Sierra Leone’s National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA) is calling on all citizens and non-citizens to obtain Biometric Identification Cards. These cards, featuring a unique National Identification Number (NIN), are designed to enhance security and inclusivity for all residents.

The NCRA emphasizes the importance of these Biometric ID Cards for personal security, national development, and access to essential services. With the deadline for issuance approaching, the NCRA is urging prompt action from all Sierra Leoneans to ensure they 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 aim to eliminate these barriers by offering a secure and reliable means of identification. This advancement 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, protecting 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. These cards act as a strong defense against identity theft, ensuring the integrity of personal information and preventing fraudulent activities.

To facilitate the application process, NCRA has established accessible centers across the country. These centers are designed to ensure widespread adoption of this transformative system. The following centers are available for citizens to obtain their 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 Headquarters in Bo, Kenema, Makeni, and Port Loko.

Additionally, specialized corporate services have been introduced to cater to the diverse needs of organizations, reflecting NCRA’s commitment to accessibility and efficiency.

The NCRA stresses the statutory obligation for all residents to obtain their Biometric ID Cards, underscoring the significance of the unique NIN. This initiative marks a critical step towards a more secure, efficient, and inclusive Sierra Leone, ensuring that every resident has access to essential services and protection against identity fraud.

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  Email:



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