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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 Driverโ€™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 โ€˜TRNโ€™ (similiar to a SS in the US)
    Most places requires a โ€˜TRNโ€™ when conducting business
  • National Insurance Registration Card โ€˜NISโ€™ & 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:
  2. Taxpayer Registration Number:
  3. Birth certificate: Registrar Generalโ€™s Department:

Shaneil Jackson, for

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Comments for How To Obtain A National ID Card In Jamaica

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Jul 22, 2023
Great read
by: Anonymous

Thank you for sharing. Very easy to follow and direct. Much love

Jul 13, 2023
lost receipt
by: Anonymous

if my receipt is lost what is the process of getting my id

Sep 07, 2021
Comment of Appreciation
by: JoWayne Fearon

Thank You so much for this. This info was a big help.
It's laid out simple and is concise. Nuff Respect

Jul 03, 2021
The ID card
by: Anonymous

i would like to know all the information on the ID card? Please

Sep 20, 2020
What if I'm not home when the person comes to check if the address is correct to drop off my ID
by: Orion

What if I'm not home when the person comes to check if the address is correct to drop off my ID
Can someone such as a parent or sibling collect it on my behalf and also provide proof that I live there and the person there to collect it can also call me and let me speak to them plus if it's not proof enough my neighbors can tell them where they've seen me living there
Is that appreciable

Sep 20, 2019
US citizen wanting to work in Jamaica
by: Anonymous

Iโ€™m a US citizen and want to work in Jamaica. The company requires a work permit, a TRN, a NIS and a national I.D. Can these things be obtained by a non citizen of Jamaica?

Aug 29, 2019
How can I receive my national I'd at an early date?
by: Anonymous

I'm 17 and would like to have my national I'd for traveling purpose but I hear it takes 3-6 months to receive there any way that I could recieve it at an earlier date?

Aug 21, 2019
Hair colour when taking a ID photo
by: Anonymous

Does my hair have to be of it's natural colour when I am taking my ID photograph?

Jun 09, 2019
Intrusive and ridiculous!
by: Anonymous

I completely agree with the first person who made the comment its incovientent and intrusive to come to someones home to verify an address then take 3months to process I'm in Virginia and all it takes is an application and a 10 dollar fee online...I laughed out loud when I read the article.

Jun 07, 2019
by: Anonymous

Can someone else collect my Id on my behalf if I'm away?

Feb 25, 2019
by: Anonymous

I am concerned with no one realizing that it's an invasion of privacy for these persons to visit your home, simply to give you an identification. Persons in Jamaica are conditioned to be treated like CHILDREN, always under excessive government control. The person showed up with a valid birth certificate and other pertinent document, yet some WEIRDO will visit their home to SNOOP because ALL Jamaicans are most likely LIARS.'s astounding. This is definitely not the same as the fbi/secret service investigating someone who applied for a top secret government job etc. These are a bunch of lazy idiots, sitting around taking up to 3 months to process an ID, while treating you like trash if you question their idiocy. THAT'S JAMAICA IN A NUTSHELL...A PRISON THAT IS FILLED WITH SUNSHINE AND CARIBBEAN BREEZE TO SOFTEN THE PRISON TIME. The entire culture, MOST of the people and ALL of the leaders disgust me. You will never come across a happier group of people who are sentence to servitude. Their only focus is TOURISM.

Feb 23, 2019
by: Anonymous

i am in the states and would like to apply for an national id, what procedures are recommended

Nov 07, 2018
Miss the hearing
by: Dane

My Dane is dane I miss the the verify process so they give me a hearing date I accidentally miss it caz I thought it was the 8 not its the 6 I really want an ID caz anything now am going about they say u need an ID what can I do

Nov 04, 2018
ID printout
by: Ackiel Davis

If it's the first time I'm getting an ID would I be able to get a printout to conduct other business

Oct 05, 2018
Lost I D
by: Anonymous

Whatโ€™s the process fir getting back a lost ID

Sep 17, 2018
Awaiting Jamaican I.D
by: Roshain

If I lost my ID receipt am I still legible to collect my ID?

Aug 28, 2018
Can I get a printout of my ID
by: Anonymous

If it's the first time I'm getting an ID would I be able to get a printout to conduct other business?

Aug 16, 2018
by: Anonymous

My ID was Stolen with my other personal documents what do i need to apply for a new one
how much is it going to cost
how long do i have to wait to receive it

Mar 27, 2018
No birthpaper
by: Anonymous

can I still apply without a birthcertificate

Mar 12, 2018
Can I do my id now
by: Anonymous

Can I still apply for and id now this is my first and how long

Feb 27, 2018
finding out important question
by: Anonymous

What if am planning to change my last name on my ID and use my correct surname what are the procedure i would have to go through in doing so

Feb 03, 2018
Concerning ID number
by: Duran

The slip that you get during the ID registration, just it contain your ID number?

Dec 01, 2017
jamaicans living abroad
by: Anonymous

How do jamaicans presently living abroad obtain A National ID card.

Nov 30, 2017
by: daniel

how much time do they check a person height cause if a person look about they id at age 18 they can also grow in height in they're 20s

Oct 27, 2017
National id
by: Anika

Am going to be 18 the 30th of November can I apply for my national id I want it to get a job even a paper to show that it is in process

Aug 16, 2017
Application for ID
by: Sashmoy Richards

Am 18 years old.. I apply for my national ID but don't get it as yet and want to Apply for my passport what I have to do wait on the national ID

Aug 09, 2017




Feb 23, 2017
Help with ID and EMERGENCY
by: Anonymous

I need to get an Emergency Legal Identification . I am stuck in Jamaica because of deportation and now I need to sign some papers at the consulate for my wife but have no valid ID. What do I do ?

Feb 03, 2017
Correction of id card
by: Anonymous

Why is it so hard to make a correction on my voters id card ???????

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.

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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