Ghana Card 2020 Guide: How to avoid queue by registering online
The online application process will enable you to register all your details so that you can jump that section at the various Ghana Card registration centres.
The National Identification Authority is giving Ghanaians the chance to register for the new Ghana Card online from the comfort of their homes.
In a new post on their Facebook page, they shared the link to the new online process for registering/applying for a new Ghana Card.
Although the mass registration is on-going, the NIA is doing the registration of individuals interested in booking an appointment for through their new online portal – https://register.nia.gov.gh/
What is the Ghana Card?
The Ghana Card is a secure and multi-purpose card that will establish the biometric identity of the bonafide holder for verification and authentication of electronic and physical transactions to be conducted in the public and private services space.
How was the Ghana Card Application done before the introduction of the online process?
Before this new way of applying for the Ghana Card, Ghanaians had to go queue at the various centres where mass registration was taking place.
This led to people sleeping at the registration centres and although cards were supposed to be issued instantly, this was almost never the case.
Centres could only register between 60 and 90 Ghanaians a day and this seemed to be very unsustainable.
Some people were asked to wait for a lot of days before receiving their cards and even when the day of the collection came, there was another postponement of the time. A lot of people were generally not happy with the mass registration procedure.
Can you apply for Ghana Card through Mass Registration too?
Yes, Mass Registration for the Ghana Card is still ongoing in parts of Greater Accra and will continue nationwide.
You can keep track on which region and district the registration is taking place at by following your local news.
10-January-2020: The site for registration is back online and working very well.
16-May-2019: The site for registration currently shows a “site not available” sign. This may be due to the pressure on the system at the moment.
16-May-2019: If you have already printed your form, you will need to take it to the head office of NIA at Shishie since people who went to the normal registration centres for Mass Registration were not attended to.
What do you need to Apply for your Ghana Card Online
- Digital Address Code – You can check here
- One of the following ID Cards:
- Voter ID
- Driver’s Licence
- Birth Certificate
- All Ghanaians(living at home and abroad)
- All persons that hold Ghanaian citizenship in addition to citizenship of any other foreign country( dual citizen)
- Registration covers all persons aged 0 years and above
Information needed during online registration include:
Name, Date and Place of birth, Residential address and digital address code.
Information About Parents
Their names, Address dates and places of birth etc.
The fingerprints, iris and photograph would be taken and any other personal details that may be required at the NIA Office
Parental, spousal and next of kin information
Name of spouse. Full name of father. Father’s hometown/district/region
Father’s nationality. Full name of mother. Mother’s maiden name
Mother’s nationality. Mother’s hometown/district/region. Next of Kin
Address of next of Kin. Supplementary Spousal List for those with more than one spouse.
Primary Verification Documents
Individuals would be required to present any of the verification documents (i.e. Birth certificate, certificate of acquired citizenship or valid passport) to help validate the information provided.
Harmonization of data
Applicants with documents or I.D Cards of the following institutions must bring them along for harmonization of data with NIA – DVLA (LICENCE), NHIS, TAX (TIN), PASSPORT, EC (VOTER CARD)
How to Apply for a Ghana Card Online
Visit the Ghana Card online registration portal by clicking this link: https://register.nia.gov.gh/
For first time users, create an account and verify your phone number.
You will receive a text message with a secret code. Enter that secret code to continue to the application dashboard.
When on the dashboard, click on “Start New Application” to be sent to a page to begin the information collection process.
On the next screen, fill in your Surname and Forenames (First Name and Other Names). Enter a full stop in the surname field if you are a foreigner with no surname.
Next, answer the questions relating to your nationality and Citizenship.
You will be asked to enter your height, eye colour and other physical identifiers on the next page. (If you don’t know the accurate value, don’t worry, during your registration, the NIA will measure you for the correct value).
After all the 7 pages of the form have been filled, you will be taken to a declaration page.
You will have to say “YES” to the following:
I Declare that all the information presented for this application is true and correct and that the documents that I have provided for the purpose of this application are genuine.
I understand that if any information that I have provided for this application is false or incorrect, I will be liable to prosecution in accordance with Section 40 of the National Identity Register 2008 Act 750 as well as any other law or regulation which may be in force at the time.
I understand that all the information and documents that I have provided in respect of this application are handled and stored by the NIA and I have the right to have them updated should they change.
I declare that all the information contained in this application has been read, interpreted and explained to me in a language I understand and I perfectly understood and approved same before my hand was guided to make my mark.
After that, you will get the option to download the completed form. You will also receive an email with a link to the completed application form. In your application history page, click the ‘Download Application Form’ button to download your application for print.
Once you have printed the form, visit ANY National Identification Authority (NIA) registration centre with a printed copy of your application form to apply for your FREE Ghana Card. Remember to send all mandatory documents with you to the NIA registration centre.
How long will it take to get the Ghana Card?
Once you have downloaded the form, you can take it to the NIA Registration Centre closest to you and your card will be processed..
This is however subject to the availability of electricity and internet connectivity.
If you don’t have a passport, check out how to apply for one by clicking below.