Liberia: NIR Begins Biometric ID Card Registration for Foreign Residents

Published: 8/Apr/2019
Source: Liberian Observer

NIR Executive Director J. Nagbe Tiah: “We will set up a new biometric civil registry and issue the first one million ID cards, including 50,000 ECOWAS standard cards in the country.”

The National Identification Registry (NIR) has begun the registration and provision of biometric identification (ID) cards to non-Liberians living in the country.

The Executive Director of NIR, J. Nagbe Tiah told the Daily Observer yesterday that the launch of the NIR for all foreign residents, including those from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) nations, was done on April 1, 2019 at the Registry’s head office in Congo Town, Montserrado County.

It may be recalled that NIR, in a joint press conference with the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) on March 21, 2019 announced that on April 1, 2019 foreign residents in the country could begin receiving NIR ID cards.

True to their word, the government’s national identification cards registry and deliverer began the process on Monday April 1.


He said the cost of the biometric ID cards for foreign resident varies on the basis of the person’s nationality.

“All ECOWAS citizens will pay US$10.00 (ten United States Dollars) while nationals from outside the ECOWAS region will pay US$20.00 (twenty United States Dollars.),” he added.

Nagbe said every NIR card, including those received by Liberian citizens, has a valid period of one year and is renewable after its expiration.


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Themes: ID Documents and Passports
Regions: Liberia
Year: 2019