The EBC has launched a new national ID card for T&T citizens, which incorporates a sophisticated array of security features to protect against counterfeit and fraud.
The new card, made of a polycarbonate substrate, is being introduced in line with current developments in election management and will be introduced on a phased basis.
The EBC says in the initial phase, the new cards will only be available to first-time applicants, persons replacing lost or stolen cards and those changing their names.
From January 2021, cards will be available to all registered persons. This will include all persons whose ID cards have expired and those due to expire in 2020, where the expiry dates were previously extended to December 31, 2020.
The EBC says renewals for expired ID cards will resume in January 2021 and will be conducted by appointments only. The public will be advised of this appointment system accordingly.
While the new cards will eventually replace the cards currently in circulation, National ID cards that have not yet expired remain valid and will be accepted everywhere.