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2. A system that is used to facilitate the production and issuance of multipurpose National Identification Cards (NIC) and National Identification Numbers (NIN) for every registered individual.
3. A tool for providing Identity Verification services to the private and public sector
4. A means of streamlining and eliminating the duplication of individuals in public sector databases
5. The ecosystem for transforming Jamaica into a digital society.
- For the first time, every citizen and resident of Jamaica has a single source of trusted identity verification, which is valid for transactions across public and private sectors, regardless of age, mobility, sex, or status;
- For the first time every registered individual is entitled to obtain from the Government all the requests made against their personal data for verification;
- For the first time, unauthorized access to your personal data will be an offence.
- A Lifetime Identifier Number, which can be independently linked to records, making government transactions across ministries and agencies more robust.
- Faster identity verification which will lead to reduced customer wait times in government agencies and organisations, resulting in greater productivity and efficiency
- Improved immigration and border control, national security, and revenue assurance
- Individual identity protection
- Fraud and identity theft reduction
- Efficient access to public and private sector services
- Increased efficiencies in access to financial services
- Greater financial and social inclusion for all citizens
- Business improvements as result of less fraud
- Ecosystem for Jamaica to become a digital economy
1. Any individual who is a citizen of Jamaica
2. Permanent lawful residents of Jamaica
3. Temporary residents of Jamaica lawfully residing in Jamaica for a period of six months or more
WHO MANAGES NIDS?
3.1 Which Government Ministry or Agency will be responsible for the implementation of the National Identification System (NIDS)?
1. Establish and maintain a National Identification and Registration Database
2. Record all vital civil events such as births, deaths, and marriages
3. Establish, operate, and manage National Civil and Identification Systems including:
a. Establish and maintain permanent, fixed, and mobile enrolment centres for the capture and update of biographic, demographic and biometric information
b. Issue unique National Identification Numbers (NIN) to registered persons
c. Issue a general multipurpose card, known as a National Identification Card (NIC), to every registered person
d. Provide an Identity Verification Services platform for the private and public sectors
e. Collaborate with private and public institutions as prescribed by law to deliver on national identification services
3.4 Who has oversight of the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA)? Who are the members of the Board?
HOW DOES IT WORK?
a. Biographic – e.g. name, address, email, phone number
b. Biometric (which uniquely identifies a person) – e.g. photograph and fingerprint
c. Demographic – e.g. workplace, profession, family status, education level and religion
If a person is unable to provide fingerprints, secondary biometric data may be captured such as an iris (eye) scan. Persons with disabilities that are unable to give biometric information will be verified instead by a special process to be determined by the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) and the National Identification and Registration Authority(NIRA).
NIDS does not collect any data not already being collected by other Government agencies for other purposes. DNA, political affiliation and sexual orientation WILL NOT be collected and these items are specifically omitted from the data collection and storage process.
4.2 Are all citizens and legal residents required to register for a National Identification Number (NIN)?
4.5 Can a National Identification Number (NIN) or National Identification Card (NIC) be blocked or revoked?
4.8 Do all individuals receive a National Identification Card (NIC) after receiving their National Identification Number (NIN)?
4.11 Will I be denied emergency medical services if I do not have a National Identification Number (NIN) or National Identification Card (NIC)?
HOW DO I ENROL TO NIDS?
5.1 How do I enrol for the National Identification Number (NIN) and National Identification Card (NIC)?
Step 1: Persons registering for a NIN/NIC may do so INLINE or ONLINE.
Inline registration is facilitated at the closest NIRA enrolment location. Application Forms and Address Supplementary Forms are available at enrolment sites and at post offices/postal Agencies Island wide. The forms must be completed ahead of making an appointment at an enrolment centre.
It is best to make an appointment for enrolment to avoid experiencing delays.
However, persons with access to a computer and the Internet may pre -enrol online. Upon the completion of pre-enrolment and receiving an appointment, the applicant is required to visit the nearest NIRA enrolment site to complete the verification process.
DOCUMENT REQUIRED FOR ENROLMENT
Step 2: Registrants are asked to present the following documents to facilitate the verification process:
a. Computer Generated Birth Certificate (the old Black and White version cannot be used)
b. Computer Generated Marriage Certificate (Applicable for a married woman who wishes to use her husband’s name)
c. Official document evidencing a divorce or change of name (deed poll) where applicable
d. Proof of Address including an Address Supplementary Form and any of the following: Rent Receipt, Telephone Bill, Electricity Bill, Water Bill, or any other official correspondence confirming your address
e. A government issued ID (Driver’s License, Electoral Card, Passport) or a certified letter from an approved official including Justice of the Peace, Attorney-at-law, Medical Doctor, High Court Judge, Army Officer (Major or above), Police Officer (Gazetted Ranks), Principal, Resident Magistrate, Consular Officer, or Clerk of Courts
f. Citizenship letter from PICA (for citizens born outside of Jamaica-Naturalised citizens)
g. A completed NIRA Application Form (only for persons registering inline)
Step 3: Upon completion of the verification of documents an enrolment officer will commence the data collection process:
a. Capture the applicant’s fingerprint (another biometric will be taken if applicant is unable to provide a fingerprint, e.g. iris scan)
b. Live capture the applicant photograph
c. Issue a collection slip (receipt) physically or via email
Step 4: You are required to return to the same enrolment centre to collect your card upon receiving a notification from NIRA.
Persons with disabilities may appoint a registered individual to collect the card.
For questions about the required documentation and forms, contact email@example.com.
5.2 Why do I need to submit the same documentation I would have used for my Voter’s ID and other government issued IDs?
b. Persons between 18 and 55 years will renew every 10 years
c. Children and Teenagers between 0 – 17 years will renew every 5 years
• Proof of Address including an Address Supplementary Form and any of the following: Rent Receipt, Telephone Bill, Electricity Bill, Water Bill, or any other official correspondence confirming your address
• Proof of your identity (expired NIC or onsite biometric verification if your card was stolen or lost)
• Depending on the time elapsed since your last renewal, a new photograph may be captured
• In cases of lost card, the applicant must show proof that the incident was reported to NIRA.
The NIDS is completely independent of the electoral system. Having a NIN does not facilitate voting or rights associated with the right to vote. Similarly, the NIDS does not have access to the Electoral List.
5.19 Will the National Identification Number (NIN) change with a re-issuance (replacement or renewal) of an NIC?
• Government of Jamaica services including social services
• Financial services including remittances
• Healthcare services in the private sector
5.21 Can I display my National Identification Number (NIN) along with my contact details on cards or social media?
5.22 Do I need to re-enrol if I forget my National Identification Number (NIN) or if my National Identification Card (NIC) is lost or stolen
HOW SECURE IS MY DATA?
6.2 What security/encryption technology secures and safeguards data on the National Identification Card (NIC)?
1. Unique Chip Design
2. ISO Norms Compliance: ISO 7816-1, ISO 7816-2, ISO 7816-3, ISO 7816-10 and ISO 7816-12
3. Applets including: e-ID, e-PKI, M-o-C (Match on Card), ICAO (Travel)
Additionally, biographic and biometric data are not stored in the same database.
6.5 Will the Police and other agencies have access to my fingerprint and other biometric information?
6.6 Can external agencies (foreign or domestic) browse the National Identification System (NIDS) Database?
6.7 What should I do if my National Identity Number (NIN) and/or National Identity Card (NIC) are used fraudulently?
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
7.1 Is there a cost of obtaining a National Identification Number (NIN) and National Identification Card (NIC)?
7.4 How expensive is the National Identification System (NIDS) initiative? How much is it costing taxpayers?
NIDS IMPLEMENTATION ROLLOUT PROCESS
Component I – Implementation of the Legal and Institutional Framework for the NIDS: Put in place:
A Legal and Institutional Framework for the NIDS; including the transformation of RGD and the establishment of the National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA):
- The National Identification and Registration Bill will be enacted
- The National Identification and Registration Authority will be established
- The framework and regulations of the NIDS will be put in place
- The Civil and Identification Database will be established and maintained
- Citizens will be issued National Identification Numbers (NIN) and Cards
Component II – Implementation of a unique National Identification Number and National Identification Management System: Put in place:
- Government wide network will be implemented, allowing for the inter-connectivity between MDAs and secure data sharing between the Government of Jamaica and private sector entities
- A central civil and identification management/hosting site will be established
- Full services enrolment sites will be established, including hardware and software for capturing biometric, demographic and biographic data
- A central identification card production site and distribution centre will be established
Component III – Streamlined identity verification for the public and private
sector: Put in place the resources to:
- Facilitate the adoption of identity verification services by Ministries, Agencies and Departments of the Government of Jamaica
- Train public sector employees to deliver and utilize identity verification services
- Implement NIDS enabled service delivery enhancement projects in selected MDAs
The immediate next tasks are to engage all stakeholders, civic groups, private sector, community organisations, schools and universities about this new system; provide regular updates to key stakeholders, training our team to deliver exceptional customer service and begin a robust public education campaign.
Phase 1 sees the choosing of Ambassadors, called Change Agents who will be spokespersons for the programme and will assist with the awareness and uptake of National Identification System (NIDS), both internally and externally. There will also be a selection exercise for the training of Customer Service Agents, who will be handling the different life cycles of the programme. This is the pre-implementation period and is expected to last at least six months before implementation.
Phase 2 – includes the enrolment and registration of all Government employees. Generous feedback from employees regarding the registration, customer service and enrolment process helps to improve the implementation.
8.6 Have any other countries successfully implemented a similar National Identification System (NIDS)?
Including Estonia, Singapore, Germany, Switzerland, France, United Arab Emirates, South Korea, Austria, Belgium, Denmark and more.
In the United Kingdom national identification is facilitated indirectly via UK Verify. While in the United States identification documents are done under the legal framework in the Real ID Act.