This page has been updated with information about the new smart card which is replacing the old ID card.
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.
To exchange your old ID card for the new biometric one, you will need to go to one of the Conversion Centres below:
- Goodlands, VIP Commercial Village
- Port Louis, 44 Labourdonnais Street
- Flacq, La Source
- Ebene, Cybertower 1, Ebene Cybercity
- Rose-Hill, NPF Building, Moka Road
- Bambous, Allée Tamarin
- Quatres-Bornes, 28, Vacoas Road, La Louise
- Vacoas, New Municipal Building (opposite Vacoas market), Independence Avenue
- Mahebourg, Les Mariannes Street
- 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.
Verdict of the Supreme Court regarding the Biometric Card
Any fingerprints or biometric information which have been collected will have to be destroyed, at least that's what the verdict was by the Supreme Court on 29 May 2015. I think the new card will still be used as it is a huge improvement from the old one and way nicer to look at too but rest assured, no one will need to give their fingerprints anymore.