Biometrics 101: A Brief History of Biometric National ID Cards in Liberia

Published: 6/Jun/2017
Source: The Bush Chicken (Monrovia)

by Francis Cordor

In 2011, the Government of Liberia created the National Identification Registry, an autonomous agency that would be responsible for developing and administering a National Biometric Identification System for all citizens and residents of the Republic of Liberia. This is no small undertaking, but six years later, NBIS is almost a reality.

About this time last year, the executive director of the National Identification Registry, J. Tiah Nagbe said that the use of upcoming biometric ID cards was being considered for the 2017 elections. At the time, he explained that the rollout of the biometric ID cards would likely take place in three phases:

  • Phase 1 — Setting up the national biometric data center, printing facilities, and enrollment centers.
  • Phase 2 — Mass enrollment of citizens.
  • Phase 3 — Linking the NIR system with other institutions that require NIR information for their work.

Front Page Africa earlier reported on the launch of biometric ID cards in Liberia with registration expected to begin in October. Nagbe held a press conference announcing the program and explaining that every Liberian would need to obtain a national ID card.

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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2017