How to apply for a National Identity Card in Sierra Leone. The national identity card is issued only in Freetown, and only to citizens of Sierra Leone. To obtain one, a person must demonstrate – or authorities have to be able to verify – that the person was born in Sierra Leone and/or is a citizen of Sierra Leone. Identity cards can be issued to newborns, although it is not common for children to have one. It is not compulsory for adults to carry an identity card; other identity documents that are used in Sierra Leone are birth certificates and passports. Another identity document that a Sierra Leonean could carry is the Emergency Travel Certificate; this is a temporary document issued by Sierra Leonean embassies in lieu of a passport, and is valid for only six months. However, some citizens in Sierra Leone may carry expired passports or identity cards for identification purposes, even if these are no longer valid for their original purpose.
No additional and/or corroborating information on national identity card issuing in Sierra Leone between 1997 and 2001 could be found among the sources consulted by the Research Directorate.
Applying for a passport or an identity card
1The application must be submitted at the embassy in person.
3You have to pay the fee for a passport or an identity card when you submit the application.
4A passport and an identity card are valid for a maximum of 5 years.
5It takes from a minimum of two weeks to up to several weeks to get an ordinary passport. A fast-track passport can normally be obtained faster, but the time of delivery depends on the country of issuance. Fast-track service does not apply to identity cards.
Passports and identity cards are issued at Finland’s embassies, consulates general and consulates led by a career consul. Finland’s Honorary Consulates in Germany (Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main) and Spain (Barcelona, Malaga, Las Palmas, Palma de Mallorca, Pilar de la Horadada) can issue passports.
The missions may issue standard identity cards only, also for minors subject to the parents’ or guardians’ consent. The missions do not accept applications for special minor’s identity cards issued without the parents’ of guardians’ consent, identity cards for foreigners, or temporary identity cards.
Identity cards do not contain fingerprints.
- Go to the Office of Registrar in Sierra Leone.
- Fill out application form for application of national identity card.
- Submit the required documents with the application form.
- Pay the corresponding fees.
- After 3 working days, the national identity card will be issued.
- birth certificate
- Sierra Leonean passport
- voter identification card or naturalization certificate
Office Locations & Contacts
Administrator and Registrar-General’s Department
- (232 22) 22 22 94 (Registrar General)
- (232 76) 221 426 (Mobile)
- (232 22) 22 18 75
- The applicant must be born or a citizen in Sierra Leone.
- The applicant must be at least six years old or older.
Registration form – 2,500 SLL [C$0.74]
Every 5 years – 10,000 SLL [C$2.97]
- Fees are subject to periodic review.
- For Sierra Leone citizens, the National Identity Card is valid for 5 years.
- For non Sierra Leone citizens, the national identity card is valid for one year.
3 working days
- date of birth of the card holder
- place of birth of the card holder
- date of issue
- expiry date
- unique identification number
- signature of the cardholder
- signature of the chief registrar
- civil status
- district of residence
- social security number of the card holder
Need for the Document
A national identity card is an identity card that each citizen or resident in a country is issued and required to carry and display under certain circumstances. Following are the procedures on how to register a national identity card in Sierra Leone.
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