Scheme for quick ID issuance a success, will be implemented nationwide

A pilot scheme allowing police precincts to issue new identity cards on the spot is set to be implemented nationwide in around a month’s time, thereby saving officers a total of some 150,000 working hours each year.

Authorities said on Wednesday that the pilot scheme has been operating successfully at 24 police stations around the country thanks to officers being given a direct online connection to the numerous government departments that are able to confirm an applicant’s details.

This means that anyone applying for a new identity card only needs to bring two photographs and a witness with them.

They will then be asked three questions relating to the personal records that the police officer will have access to.

If these are answered correctly, the new ID card will be issued within minutes.

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