NIR Boss Warns Against -Counterfeiting Citizen ID Cards

The Executive Director of the National Identification Registry (NIR), Mr. J. Tiah Nagbe has cautioned the general public to avoid using Fake identification cards produced criminally by those who transact on the side IT services in order to avoid getting arrested by the police.

Addressing journalists Tuesday in Monrovia when he spoke on activities of his entity, Mr. Nagbe said the system of the Registry is well built in keeping with international best practices and standards, and it communicates with all legitimate institutions in Liberia and around the world.

“Our system is well built according to international standard and if you take those fake cards to the Banks, anywhere in Liberia or around the world, legitimate systems will reject them in a way that the other systems will communicate with our system, and will cause your arrest if they don’t see your name in our system so that you can explain how you got the card.”  The NIR boss therefore pleaded with members of the public to avoid using those fake national ID cards to avoid future embarrassment.

Meanwhile the NIR Boss has also frowned on the behavior of some individuals who are in the habit of asking the registry to change their names and date of birth, of which he described such attitude as an attempt to undermine the credibility of the institution and every Liberians.

Mr. Nagbe said every Liberians should understand the significance of the National Identification Card, saying further that no one should come to NIR to change their age or name. He explained that such act is against the law and anyone wishing to change their name should go to the court for legal document.

“I just want to let the public know that no one should come to us to change their name or date of birth because your age and date of birth are very important; you cannot sit comfortably and write your own information because you want to use the name for certain reason, or perhaps for reason of receiving something somewhere,” Mr. Nagbe said, adding, “We will not allow that because it is against the law.

At the same time, the NIR Executive Director said the National Identification Registry has extended the renewal of all expired identification cards to June of this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“The Cards we are using are produced in America,” he said, noting that  because of Corona Virus Pandemic, the factory has been shut down ,a reason for which the renewal date of expired cards has been extended to June of this year,” Mr. Nagbe stressed.

In 2011, the Government of Liberia through the National Legislature enacted the national identification Registry (NIR) to establish national identification in the country. The NIR law calls for the setup of a NIR to be responsible for issuing a biometric-based national identification cards to citizens of Liberia.

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