June 15, 2020
Department for Registration of Persons (DRP) has decided to resume one-day service of issuing National Identity Cards (NICs) with effect from June 22 while following health procedures.
The routine one-day service was temporarily suspended on March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation in the country.
DRP Commissioner General P.V. Gunathilake told the defence.lk, the Department plans to issue 300 identity cards per day in order to restrict persons seeking the one-day service.
Accordingly, arrangements have been made to issue 250 identity cards at the Head Office located at Baththaramulla and 50 identity cards will be issued in the Southern Provincial Office in Galle in the first stage, taking into consideration the health instructions issued to contain the spread of COVID-19 outbreak and to avoid gathering of people within the premises.
Under this special program, a person who wishes to obtain a NICs should report to the Divisional Secretariat with the application certified by the Grama Niladhari and obtain a convenient date and time within 10 working days.
A token will be issued by the Divisional Secretariat and on the relevant day, he/she can visit the Department and collect the ID. In case he/she fails to visit as scheduled, he/she has to obtain a new date from the Divisional Secretariat.
The Commissioner General Gunathilake further requested that the applicants with symptoms such as fever, cold and headache should avoid obtaining the one-day service and all persons visiting the office premises should wear a face mask and follow health instructions.