ISLAMABAD: The National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA) has extended validity of all expired computerized national identity cards (CNICs) in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic.
According to a notification issued by National Database Registration Authority and passport offices, in order to avoid spreading COVID-19 through biometric capturing while processing MRP applications and public gatherings, the following measures may be taken:
All passport-issuing authorities at home and abroad may be advised to entertain expired CNICs upto June 30, 2020, and until further orders as NADRA has discontinued the process of renewal of CNICs.
Expired MRPs may be extended manually by giving following manual observations for a further period of one year on realisation of a proportionate fee equivalent to Rs 1, 000 after the submission of an application on a plain piece of paper along with copies of the passport and CNICs.
Manual endorsement regarding newborn babies may be made in the MRP of either of the parents, subject to the realisation of the prescribed endorsement fee equivalent to Rs 800 and the completion of all other formalities.
The endorsement register for the renewal of such passports containing the following fields will be maintained, including checking against IBMS. The foreign missions may be direct that the passport applicants may prefer to apply through online service.
In case, the passport is not received by the candidate through online service due to the suspension of operations of international flights, a manual extension may be approved on their existing passports.