National Identity Card of Pakistan:

The National Database and Registration Authority founded on 10 March 2000, is an independent and autonomous agency that regulates government databases and statistically manages the sensitive registration database of all the national citizens of Pakistan. National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) was established as National Database Organization (NDO), an attached department under the Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan in 1998.

National Identity Card (NIC) is issued to the citizens of Pakistan. The unique 13 digit identification number is recognized all over the country. It is the first requirement of individuals as it is mandatory to obtain documents like license, NTN, bank account, passport, cellular connection etc. Every citizen of Pakistan, 18 years and above, is eligible for NIC.

Pakistan NIC

The success of all projects like the ID Card, Passports, Immigration Control, Motor Vehicle Registration (VIN), Law & Order enforcement, Credit Ratings, Authentications of all Transactions, Statistical data, Birth/ Marriage/ Death Registration, GIS, eGovernance, Disbursement of Grant, Planning at Federal, Provincial, District, Local Government etc, is
based on the authenticity of the database.

According to the NADRA website, in order to apply for the first registration of a SNIC, the following documents are required:

  1.  Original [NIC]/[SNIC]/National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis
  2. (NICOP)/Smart National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis
  3. (SNICOP) of parent and any one original document (Child Registration Certificate (CRC) or matric certificate or mark sheet or domicile or passport).
  4. Attestation of CNICF [CNIC form] by any blood or immediate relative OR NADRA Regulation 9(a-h).
  5. Original [NIC]/[SNIC]/[NICOP]/[SNICOP] of parent and presence &
    attestation/verification of any one blood relative(s) (preferably [f]
    ather). (Pakistan n.d.b)

The NIC [including CNICs and SNICs] displays the following information about its holder:

  1. Legal name;
  2. Gender (male, female or transgender);
  3. Father’s name (or husband’s name for a married female);
  4. Identification marks;
  5. date of birth;
  6. [NIC] number;
  7. family registration ID number;
  8. current address;
  9. permanent address;
  10. date of issue; date of expiry;
  11. photo;
  12. and thumbprint

The application procedure to obtain a NICOP at an NRC is the following:

  1. The applicant will have their photograph,
  2. fingerprints and signature taken; they will fill out the application form;
  3. and either the form must be attested by a gazetted officer or a blood relative (father, mother, brother, sister, son or daughter) of the applicant must be present during the application process, in which case attestation is not required

Pakistan issued the following cards for Identification of its Citizens

  1. National Identity Card (NIC)
  2. Juvenile Card (JV)
  3. National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP)
  4. Pakistan Origin Card (POC)
  5. Child Registration Certificate (CRC)
  6. Family Registration Certificate (FRC)

Pakistan Origin Card (POC)  endeavors to provide eligible foreigners with unprecedented incentives to get back to their roots; while ensuring that the motherland remains tightly integrated with expatriates worldwide which includes:

Visa-free entry into Pakistan
Indefinite stay in Pakistan
Exemption from foreigner registration requirements
Permission to purchase and sell property
Right to open and operate bank accounts

Legal Documents for Identification

  1. Intruder Performa
  2. Power of Attorney
  3. Witness Performa

National Identification Laws

  1. NADRA Ordinance, 2000
  2. N.I.C Regulations, 2002
  3. NADRA (POC) Rules, 2002
  4. NADRA(N.I.C) Rules, 2002

Core Laws of Pakistan

  1. The Passports Act, 1974
  2. The Passport Rules, 1974
  3. National Registration Act, 1973
  4. National Registration Rules, 1975
  5. Naturalization Act, 1926
  6. Pakistan Naturalization Rules, 1961.

Registration of Newborn

The following documents are required for birth registration:

  1. Form S_1-1 (duly completed) (DOB should be written in DD-MM-YYYY format and do not enter any other date on the form).
  2. Extract of Population Register in English from Skatteverket / Maistraatti (Original).
    Both parents’ NICOP/CNICs (Original+ Photocopy)
  3. Both parents’ passports (Photocopy only), and if parents have dual citizenship then submit photocopy of the other passports as well.
  4. Mother’s NICOP/CNIC must have husband’s name on it. If it is not so then copy of Nikahnama has to be submitted. In case of foreign mother or father, an affidavit declaring “No Objection” for registration of his/her child as a Pakistani national.
  5. Two passport-size colour photographs of the child (on photographic paper preferably with white background)

Registration Centres


National Citizenship Policy documents under NADRA- PAKISTAN[Urdu]


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