Secure Your Biometric ID Cards to Gain Access to Basic Services

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By Amin Kef (Ranger)

Sierra Leoneans are encouraged to seize the chance to obtain their Biometric ID Cards, a crucial initiative for enhancing national security and streamlining transactions. The distribution of these cards, mandatory for all residents, has a final deadline of March 31, 2024. This represents a vital step in the country’s efforts to adopt advanced security measures and facilitate daily activities.

The launch of these Securitized and Multi-purpose Biometric Identity Cards, equipped with an advanced ID Verification System, signifies a significant leap forward in improving citizen safety and transaction efficiency throughout Sierra Leone.

“The core objective of this initiative is dual: to enhance citizen safety and simplify local transactions,” states the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA). These Biometric ID cards are now essential at checkpoints nationwide, prioritizing individual rights while providing access to essential services. Beyond their primary function, these cards symbolize a future brimming with opportunities.

To ease the application process, citizens are urged to visit designated NCRA Offices and Centers across the country. These locations include:

  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, to accommodate organizations and institutions, the NCRA has introduced corporate services tailored for entities such as Ministries, Departments, Agencies (MDAs), Foreign Missions, and Financial Institutions.

For more information on these services, interested parties can contact the NCRA via phone at +232-33-433-333 / +232-30-500-000 / +232-60-000 / +232-78-221-812 or via email at

The introduction of biometric national identity cards highlights the Government’s dedication to creating a safer, more efficient, and accessible environment for all Sierra Leoneans. These cards empower individuals and organizations to flourish in a secure setting. Citizens are encouraged to act swiftly and secure their Biometric ID Cards, marking a significant milestone in Sierra Leone’s progress.


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