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New National Identity Card Mauritius

gices
(Level 5)
19 Jul 2014 17:54, updated
29 May 2011, published

This page has been updated with information about the new smart card which is replacing the old ID card.

new identity card mauritius

Distribution and Collection of the New ID Card

This is done according to age.

18 - 22 : October 2013 - November 2013
23 - 33 : December 2013 - January 2014
34 - 44 : February 2014 - March 2014
45 - 55 : April 2014 - May 2014
56 and above : June 2014 - July 2014

However, if you want to get it sooner, you will need to go to the Conversion Centre at Ebene as they accept people of all ages there.

You'll be issued the first card free of charge but if you lose it, you'll have to pay Rs350. The second time it gets lost, you'll need to pay Rs700 and for every other subsequent loss, the charges are Rs1000 for a replacement.

Conversion Centres

To exchange your old ID card for the new biometric one, you will need to go to one of the Conversion Centres below:

  1. Goodlands, VIP Commercial Village
  2. Port Louis, 44 Labourdonnais Street
  3. Flacq, La Source
  4. Ebene, Cybertower 1, Ebene Cybercity
  5. Rose-Hill, NPF Building, Moka Road
  6. Bambous, Allée Tamarin
  7. Quatres-Bornes, 28, Vacoas Road, La Louise
  8. Vacoas, New Municipal Building (opposite Vacoas market), Independence Avenue
  9. Mahebourg, Les Mariannes Street
  10. Chemin Grenier, Royal Road, Camp Charlot

They are open everyday except Thursdays from 10:30 to 18:30 in summer and from 10:00 to 18:00 in winter.

Once you've registered for the new card, you will have to go back to the same conversion centre after 2 weeks to collect your new card.

Documents to bring to replace your old Identity Card

  • Proof of Address (electricity, water or telephone bill, rent book, bank statement) not older than 3 months.
  • Current ID Card (or a Police Memo if existing ID card is lost)
  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate (applies only to women)

Divorced women should also bring a Court Order if they wish to keep their husband's surname.

Mauritians living abroad can exchange their existing ID during their next visit to Mauritius as this process can only be done in person.

For a debate about the advantages & disadvantages of this new card, please read this discussion.

Details about the old card

An identity card is a document that allows the personal identification of a person. Upon reaching the age of 18 in Mauritius, all citizens must apply for such a card under the National Identity Act (1985) within six months. The card is issued by the Civil Status Office and contains information about the bearer pertaining to the full name, date of birth, a specific identifier code (that is the code quoted on all documents demanding the ID card number and is unique to each person), a recent passport size photograph and the blood group if applicable.

There are four main offices located around the island namely:

  • Port Louis (1st floor, TM building, Pope Henessy Street)
  • Rose Hill (Ground floor, NPF building, Old Moka Road)
  • Plaine Magnien (Ground floor, Social Security Office)
  • Port Mathurin (Rue Solidarite) in Rodrigues.

Hours of business are from 9am to noon and 12.30pm to 3.30pm on weekdays and from 9am to noon on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

How to apply for the National Identity Card?

Documents needed for the application of an ID card are the birth certificates, certificate of naturalisation for non citizens, marriage certificate for married women and a filled application form. The first issue is free of charge but in case of loss, a fee of Rs100 must be paid and a police certificate must be produced for the provision of another card; for senior citizens, the fee is Rs50.

Over the past years, there has been the question of the implementation of a new technology called the smart card technology to be used as ID cards. These are just like credit cards with a micro processor that contains personal information about the bearer. They are very easy to read and can store a lot of information such as banking details, credit cards’ information, personal identification amongst others and the advantage is that information is difficult to erase. The government still has to develop applications and train personnel for the implementation of this new technology for better and effective modern government services.

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anonymous
anonymous  (Level 1)
04 Jul 2012 15:27
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Hi im Reshma from Hertfordshire....i lost my ID card..I would like to know the procedures how to apply one from Uk

Thank you very much
Reshmaxxxxx

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anonymous
anonymous  (Level 1)
22 Sep 2013 13:03

Hello Reshma,I am in the same situation as you I lost my identity card. Not sure whether we can apply for new one from here. I am in Kent.
Need to find out more.

Hope this helps

Mooneza

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anonymous
anonymous  (Level 1)
23 Apr 2013 21:40
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Hello I am from mauritius..my dad passed away and my problem is that I lost his id card and now I need it very badly to perform all his transaction paper with government because he was working in the government. What should I do to obtain his id card..please refer to me urgentlt thanks

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Bhavish_Sobrun
Bhavish_Sobrun  (Level 1)
22 Jul 2013 23:52

take his birth certificate and death certificate to regain control of his in number

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Danny_Desperles
Danny_Desperles  (Level 1)
13 Jul 2013 16:49
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Hello I am from Birmingham, born in Mauritius, I wish to apply for an Identity Card.

Thanks.

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Bhavish_Sobrun
Bhavish_Sobrun  (Level 1)
22 Jul 2013 23:53

take your birth certificate and go to port louis where nic are being processed.

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supergirl
supergirl  (Level 1)
24 Aug 2013 08:06
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hi my birthday was on 19 august 2013 so do i need to apply for my identity card now itself or shall i wait for 1st oct to have the new identity card??

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anonymous
anonymous  (Level 1)
24 Aug 2013 23:30

Just take your birth certificate and go to at p.louis and do it. no need to fill any forms everything is done there.

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supergirl
supergirl  (Level 1)
25 Aug 2013 22:02

I think you've misunderstood my question. Do you think it will be wise to apply for an identity card now (I just got 18 [19.08.13]) because in 2 month it will be renewed...

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gices
gices  (Level 5)
26 Aug 2013 21:33

Unless you really need it now, I'd say wait and get the biometric one once and for all.

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supergirl
supergirl  (Level 1)
27 Aug 2013 07:29

thanks gices..finally I got my answer

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Romeo_Pierre
Romeo_Pierre  (Level 1)
17 Sep 2013 20:09
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Do we need a new photo for the new ID card or will they use the old one?

(translated from creole to english by gices, please read the guidelines)

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Kelly_Adrian
Kelly_Adrian  (Level 1)
10 Oct 2013 11:56
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Hi, bout the recent passport size photograph, should I have it taken elsewhere(bring along my D.O.B certificate & proof of address) or the photos will be done at the ID Conversion Centre??

Thanks in adv....

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gices
gices  (Level 5)
10 Oct 2013 21:32

The photo is taken then and there (same as with the old card). So no need to worry about this.

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Kelly_Adrian
Kelly_Adrian  (Level 1)
11 Oct 2013 07:45

Thank you so much gices.

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anonymous
anonymous  (Level 1)
11 Oct 2013 17:27
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Good morning,

I was born in Mauritius, but have been living in Australia for 46 years, and wish to apply for a Mauritian Identity card. Could this be applied for at the Mauritius Embassy in Australia, I still have my birth certificate.

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la-pommecoeur
la-pommecoeur  (Level 1)
24 Oct 2013 09:19
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hello am from mauritius i got my 18 in april 2013 i have not yet register fo my id card .am about to in october itselt so will i get the new one or i will have to register for the old one fisrt....?????????

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gices
gices  (Level 5)
24 Oct 2013 21:49

You will get the new one. Please share your experience when you do :)

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Yiana_Lochte
Yiana_Lochte  (Level 1)
07 Nov 2013 06:39
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Hi @gices, what about retired people?? Apparently elderly persons are already going and my mum wants it done once and for all. Thing is, she doesn't know what are the documents to bring? I would have call them but they are close on Thursdays. Any idea?? Thank you.

P:S> She's a widow, should she bring my dad's birth & death certificates too??

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gices
gices  (Level 5)
07 Nov 2013 20:51

For those over 55, registration is between 1 June 2014 and 31 July 2014. However the Conversion Unit at Ebene will accept people of all ages.

Documents to bring for your mum:
1. Proof of address (3 months recent)
2. Current ID card
3. Original birth certificate
4. Marriage certificate

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Yiana_Lochte
Yiana_Lochte  (Level 1)
08 Nov 2013 11:37

Thanks @gices.

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devendoy
devendoy  (Level 1)
26 Jan 2014 16:50
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i am going to remove my NIC in age of 19 is it a problem?IS it AN OFFENSE?

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timishramrajh
timishramrajh  (Level 1)
26 Mar 2014 12:12
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Hi my name is Timish Ramrajh apparently I was born in south Africa.when my dad passed away my mom married a Mauritian he adopted me when I was eleven when I reached eighteen we imergrated to Mauritius and I applied for a Idcard in Mauritius but in the adoption papers it states that I shall bear the name of Timish emambaccus but the problem is that my left a will in my name (Timish Ramrajh) when I applied for Mauritian id I presented all my doc and my name is Timish Ramrajh in my old Mauritian id so when I went to apply for my new id they told me that I will have to change my name to Timish emambaccus .so if I change my name will I lose my south African identity and the wills as well.

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