According to National Identification Authority (NIA) public announcements, the Ghana card registration,
which began in June 2018, has attracted a large number of people and is attracting even more
attention due to its use.
Despite this, the mass registration in 2019/2020 caused a lot of anger among ordinary Ghanaians, and
the bulk of Ghanaians are still waiting for their Ghana cards after nearly two years of registration.
All other national ID cards, like as the voter’s card, national health insurance card, and travel passport,
have been replaced with the ECOWAS Identity Card, often known as the “Ghana Card” in Ghanaian
The Ghana Card, which uses biometric traits to uniquely identify an individual, can be used for identity
verification and authentication in the following situations:
The personal identification number (PIN) and biometrics/personal information is
cross-checked with the existing data in the National Identification System during a Ghana Card holder’s
National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) registration.
Any time a Ghana Card holder applies for a passport, their personal
identification number (PIN) is captured on the passport and their personal information cross-checked
with the data in the National Identification System.
Ghanaian may not be able to acquire a passport if they do not possess the Ghana Card. This is because
only people who qualify to hold Ghanaian passports will be issued with one since the individual’s
nationality can be properly checked from the National Identification System
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Acquisition of Driver’s License
The personal identification number (PIN) is one of the required items
of information the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) demands as soon as the Ghana Card is
issued to applicants. The PIN is captured on a Ghana Card holder’s driver’s license and vehicle
The personal information is also verified from the NIA to determine a person’s true identity for license
acquisition and establish the true identities of vehicle owners. A time will come when a person may not
be able to make a new registration or renewal at the DVLA without their Ghana Card.
Shipping and Clearing of Goods from the Port: All goods a Ghana Card holder exports out of Ghana
or imports into Ghana are directly linked to their personal identification number (PIN) to eliminate
fraud and theft in the shipping and clearing of goods at the ports and harbours of Ghana.
A Ghana Card holder can use the card as an identity verification
document when opening a bank account, withdrawing money from the bank, or receiving money
transfers in Ghana.
It is easier for a Ghana Card holder to take a loan from the bank whether they work in an identifiable
institution or not. This is because their identity can be easily verified and the banks are confident that
they can be traced in the event of loan default based on their PIN or biometric information stored on
the Ghana Card.
Business registration is linked to a Ghana Card holder’s PIN to help identify
them as the true owner of their business. The Registrar General’s Department make it a requirement
for all business owners to provide their PIN on the Ghana Card during business registration.
This eliminates business registration fraud through the exposure of false identities and prevents
multiple registrations of businesses for fraudulent purposes.
The Ghana Card is used to establish a persons identity during job search. This boosters
their chances of getting the job as employers will be sure they are dealing with the rightful owner of the
certificates a person provides in support of their qualifications.
The PIN of a Ghana Card holder’s child is captured during enrolment into primary school
and the number is used for admission into every school level until the child completes tertiary
education. This helps in tracking the progress of a Ghana Card holder’s child in the educational sector
for necessary policy interventions. It prevents a persons Ghana Card from by a replaced, and
unqualified ones by some school authorities during admission.
Students who qualify for student’s loan are able to use the Ghana Card to establish their identities to
the provision of targeted educational infrastructure and other resources for their community.
In all the Ghana card’s main function is to allow citizens to use it to access all services available in the
country, including travel throughout the West African sub-region It will eventually be the only
acceptable form of identification for obtaining a bank account, passport, phone number, driver’s l
license, and other services.
- Report your missing Ghana card to any nearby police station.
- Following that, you will be given a police extract.
- Take the police extract to any of the National Identification Authority (NIA) offices
listed below: the District Office where you registered your Ghana card or the NIA headquarters in Accra
- No need of an affidavit here. Kindly take note of this after you have done the following steps above.
- You can book an online appointment on the NIA official website www.nia.gov.gh when you plan of
going to the head office for the replacement of your lost Ghana Card instead of going to the district
office where you did your Ghana card registration.
- You have to book this appointment with NIA because is being run on appointment bases.