NRB speaks out on national IDs’ expiry dates

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The National Registration Bureau (NRB) says different expiry dates on National Identity Cards (IDs) being distributed to Malawians is meant to normalise the required 10 year validity period as required by law.


NRB spokesperson Norman Fulatira said this in response to questions various quarters of Malawian society continue to raise in regards to different expiry dates on the national IDs.

Among others, some Malawians have been questioning the rationale behind the different expiry dates when the country got registered within the same year and months.

But according to Fulatira, the national ID is supposed to be issued out at one’s 16th birthday and the expiry period is 10 years.

“This means if you get an ID at 16, it will expire at your 26th birthday. Afterwards, it will expire when you turn 36, 46, 56, 66, 76 and so forth.

“During the mass registration exercise, Malawians registered at different ages. Those who registered at 22 years old have only four years remaining before their 26th birthday. Therefore, their cards will only have four years to expire.

“The reason is to bring the card holders into the brackets of 16 to 26. Afterwards, their next cards will then have all the 10 years and will then expire at their 36th birthday,” explained Fulatira.

Meanwhile, Malawians in Blantyre continue to obtain the cards in the various centres they registered.

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