The Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration is urging all Namibians and permanent resident permit holders who applied for a national identity card (ID), to urgently collect them at their offices.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, the ministry said it is of great concern that a high number of ID cards produced are not collected by the public.

This, the ministry said, has resulted in a total number of 51 000 uncollected ID cards as of end of November 2019.

“Thousands of uncollected ID cards are stored in our regional and sub- regional offices,” the statement read in part.

“It is against this background that the ministry is humbly calling upon those who have applied for identity documents to come and collect their IDs as per the list which has been shared with all fourteen (14) regional councils and constituency councilors.”

The distribution of uncollected ID cards will commence on the 17 February and end on 6 March 2020 in all constituency offices.

A distribution schedule consisting of distribution dates and distribution centers has been shared with all regional councils.

“By law all citizens and Permanent Resident Permit Holders (PRP) must apply for IDs when they turn 16 years of age, or immediately after someone’s Citizenship or Permanent Resident Permit has been granted.


Your identity is your greatest asset, and you must at all-times keep your birth certificate and your ID card in a safe and secure place.

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