National Identity Card (NIC) is issued to the citizens of Pakistan. It is a blend of state-of-the-art technology and well-defined business rules to guarantee its authenticity and validity. The unique 13 digit identification number is recognized all over the country. It is the first requirement of individuals as it is mandatory to obtain documents like license, NTN, bank account, passport, cellular connection etc. Every citizen of Pakistan, 18 years and above, is eligible for NIC.

You can apply for your NIC by either visiting NADRA Registration Center (NRC) or through Pak Identity website.

NADRA Registration Center (NRC)

Visit the nearest NADRA Registration Center (NRC).

Please click here to locate your nearest NRC.

You will undergo following steps at NRC for processing of your application:

  • You will be issued a token
  • Your photograph will be captured
  • Your fingerprints and signature will be taken
  • Your required data entry will be done and form will be printed to be reviewed by yourself
  • You will be handed over a printed version of your application form
  • Submit this form after confirming the printed information and attestation by a gazetted officer

Bring any of your blood relative (father/mother/brother/sister/son/daughter) and skip the attestation of the form by providing their biometrics at NRC.

Pak Identity Website

You can apply for your Smart National Identity Card (SNIC) by visiting Pak Identity website and have it delivered to your doorstep. You can not apply for fresh/new CNIC from website.

Please visit Pak Identity website to apply and learn about the services.

There are two means in which a card can be delivered.

Through NRC
  • Normal – 31 days
  • Urgent – 23 days
  • Fast Track – 9 Days (Queue priority at NRCs for immediate processing)
Through Pak Identity
  • Application Processing – 7 days
  • Local Shipping in Pakistan – 2 days
  • International Shipping – 5 Days

Please note that the processing time of your application starts after submission of your attested form.

A citizen obtaining two or more identity cards/certificates with different Identity Numbers is marked “DUP” in NADRA database. Once you apply for DUP clearance, one of your National Identity Card (NIC) will be retained while the other (duplicate) will be surrendered automatically. Citizen will have a choice to retain any one of his/her NICs/Certificates through an application made to National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA).

You can visit any NADRA Registration Center (NRC) and apply for “DUP” clearance.
The fee charged for this is Rs. 1000 and Rs. 10,000 for different particulars.