How To Obtain A National ID Card In Jamaica


QUESTION about: Obtaining A National ID Card In Jamaica.

And when applying for your national Identification card. Its known that the people who are handling this will visit your home ... I would like to know what will happen if your not home?


ANSWER: by Shaniel Jackson, Feb 2016

Hi there!

I'll answer your question so that others who are interested in learning about the entire process of obtaining a national ID Card in Jamaica can also benefit.

The process of obtaining a National ID Card (Also required for voting in elections) is fairly simple:


  1. The first requirement is that you must be eighteen years of age or older.
  2. Second is a copy of your birth certificate, which will be used to verify your name, date of birth etc.


Here are the important points/notes:

  • The documents are usually processed by the Electoral Office closet to your home town and takes approximately twenty minutes to complete the application.

  • A representative will ask some questions and use your answers to complete a form.

  • Directions to your home will be taken.
    It is required as this is needed to complete a visit to your home to ensure that your address matches what you say.

  • They take your fingerprint as well as a photograph that will be placed on the card.

  • Upon completion, a slip/receipt will be given to you, this slip will be used to collect your Identification Card when it is ready.

  • The card usually take up to three months to be process assuming that your information is valid and accurate.

  • Please note that the visit for verification of address will be done either in the mornings or late evenings.

  • If you are not home when the visit is done, the agent will visit a second time.

  • If you miss that visit also, you would have to go to office and reschedule another visit or you may have to go through the entire process again.

    Please note that the Office doesn't notify you when they are coming, I guess they are assuming that if it is really your address, then you are expected to be at home during certain period of the day e.g. Early mornings or late evenings.

  • No fee is charged for the first copy of your Elector Registration Identification Card, however if you lose it then you will have to pay a fine to regain it.

  • Note also that your Driver’s License and a Passport can aslo be used for identification.
    They contains just as much information as your Identification.


Other important documents to have in Jamaica are:

  • Taxpayer Registration Number ‘TRN’ (similiar to a SS in the US)
    Most places requires a ‘TRN’ when conducting business
  • National Insurance Registration Card ‘NIS’ & as we mentioned earlier...
  • Your Birth Certificate.


I hope this helps :-)

Below are links to the various Government Agencies for the processing of these documents and/or further information.


  1. National Insurance Registration Card: Ministry of Labour As Social Security: http://www.mlss.gov.jm
  2. Taxpayer Registration Number: https://www.jamaicatax.gov.jm/trn
  3. Birth certificate: Registrar General’s Department: https://www.rgd.gov.jm/index.php/application-forms



Regards,
Shaneil Jackson, for My-Island-Jamaica.com

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Jan 26, 2017
Replacement ID
by: Becky

I would like to know the process to get a replacement national ID when it is stolen or lost.
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Jan 24, 2017
national id
by: Anonymous

I'm 17, going to b 18 in 2 1/2 months. Since the national I'd takes about 3 months to process, could I still apply?

Nov 22, 2016
can I get my national id before the given time?
by: Anonymous

I'm 20 and I applied for my national ID about a month ago and was told that I'll get the card by June. However i applied for a job and was called to the interview but the interviewer told me that without the national ID I won't be given the position... Now is it possible for me to have it printed more quickly? The verification of residence has already been done and I'm well aware that I won't be able to participate in the upcoming local government election. Could the ID be printed ASAP please??

Oct 22, 2016
can i get a id?
by: melesha

Can I get a national id even though am not a Jamaican am trying to apply for a citizenship but the immigration said I need a id but every time I try to get a id they keep saying am not a citizen so I can't get one

Oct 10, 2016
How to apply for a national ID
by: Dahlia Harris

Hi am dahlia, next week Friday 21of October i will be 18 hence i have my trn already i would like to know if i can apply for my id any time now i out school, so i would like to know if i can get my National id anytime now.

Jul 07, 2016
Impractical - Home Visit SMH
by: Anonymous

Why can't proof of residence like a JPS Bill, Mortgage, Rental Lease or Cable bill suffice as proof of residence? College Students or People who work away from home weekdays, work long hours or commute long distances because they don't have the luxury of sleeping in early am and arriving home by late afternoon....

Would someone fraudulently make up a JPS, Cable, Mortgage or Rental Lease? Just to obtain a National ID?

Common Jamaica modernize your processes. We do some many impractical things that slows down our system....its ridiculous..SMDH

Apr 18, 2016
How to apply for a TRN
by: Dahlia

I am 17 October i will be 18 i need my trn to for a class plua a little job i going to do. Am not going to school i have a child at age 17 so could i still get my TRN,??

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