Efforts underway to ensure ID cards for citizens aged 65 and above do not expire

Efforts are underway by the Department of National Registration (DNR) to make arrangements such that the elderly do not have to renew their national identity cards.

Galolhu North MP Eva Abdulla has filed a motion in the Parliament, stating that the current validity periods for ID cards and passports are not ideal.

Speaking at today’s meeting of the parliament’s National Development and Heritage Committee, Homeland Ministry State Minister Yoosuf Abdul Ghafoor, overseeing the DNR, said the validity of the first ID card issued after the birth of a child is 10 years, followed by renewal every five years between the ages of 10 and 40. Beyond the age of 40, renewal is required every 10 years.

Yoosuf said the current validity period of ID cards has made it difficult for the elderly. He confirmed ongoing efforts to ensure that the ID cards of individuals aged 65 and above do not expire.