Lebanon Digitizes ID Cards Via Fingerprints

Published January 3rd, 2019 - 10:56 GMT
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The Directorate-General of Civil Status issued a circular Wednesday facilitating the application procedure for identification cards as part of a wider project to digitize its databases, according to the state-run National News Agency.

In the past, applicants had to return to their local mukhtar’s office to submit their fingerprints in ink. Now those applying for IDs should go to one of the directorate’s regional branches to submit their application, and provide their fingerprints electronically, which will be stored in the Directorate-General of Civil Status’ database.

The agency, which is under the Interior Ministry, will stop accepting applications with ink-rendered fingerprints starting Jan. 31, though all applications that were submitted before that date will be able to proceed.

For those younger than 15 years old, parents will have the option to apply for the IDs at their local mukhtar as well as at a branch of the directorate.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

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