Electronic ID card implementation begins in Girne

The electronic ID card implementation has begun in Girne today for those who want to change or renovate their worn Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) ID cards.

Minister of the Interior and Labor Aziz Gurpinar visited the Girne district office with ministry bureaucrats, made observations and introduced the e-ID card implementation.

Girne District Governor Mehmet Envergil in his statement said that the service launched in Lefkoşa recently and started to spread to districts. E-identity is a part of the e-government project and it is a way to give more efficient, faster and healthy service to citizens.

Envergil stated that there is no obligation to change ID cards; however, worn ones needed to be replaced. Envergil said that there are some misunderstandings about this issue; it is not possible to catch up everyone’s e-ID request, it is better to wait before switching the e-identities unless they are not worn or new.

Interior and Labour Minister Aziz Gurpinar noted that applications for all districts previously made from Lefkoşa (center) and it was causing congestion and density. Gürpınar stated that e-ID applications have started in Girne, after that it will start in Mağusa, İskele and Güzelyurt so the citizens can easily access to e- ID and the intensity in the center will decrease.

Indicating that the most important part of the e-government project is the e-ID project, Gürpınar said some individual and institutional information, such as deed, social security, bank and leasing, can be accessed easily with the activation of the other elements of the e- government project.

Underlining that the e-ID was highly secured, Gürpınar said it would provide great convenience to both citizens and state.

The citizens can receive the e-ID cards after making application to Girne District Governor by presenting necessary documents and deposit within 2-3 workdays. A short message (SMS) will be sent to the citizen’s mobile phone when the e-ID card is ready. In case of emergency, the e-ID card can be delivered on the same day or one day after, from the headquarters in Lefkoşa.