The Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) will issue ‘Smart IDs’ from today, DRP Commissioner General Viyani Gunathilaka said today.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror he said all National Identity cards will be issued from today with front-facing images prior to converting them to Electronic Identity (E-ID) Cards.
The photos in Smart IDs issued from October, 27 will be engraved on a special polycarbonate plastic with the use of laser technology.
“They will be made according to international standards and by using a special software provided by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). So far, the department has registered some 1,700 studios countrywide. These studios have already installed the software provided by the ICAO, and the photos will be sent to the department online.
“Also, the DRP has decided to launch a new registry for Sri Lankans by the end of next year. After collecting data, the department will issue Electronic Identity (E-ID) Cards by the end of 2018 or beginning of 2019. (Chaturanga Pradeep)