NADRA closes its Online CNIC Service within the country

The initiative of Online service providing by NADRA was pulled off last year in August and up the latest this service has been closed for the Pakistanis residing nationwide. The intention behind this innovative step was to facilitate the residents within the country and outside the country, and allow them to get the online CNIC issuance and renewal service while resting at their homes.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan inaugurated this service which also gestured about a bold step towards a digital Pakistan. On the other hand, this initiative was perceived well within the masses as this avoids citizens to wait for long time in queues for their turn.

If you would have got your CNIC issuance or renewal, you would have got the situation clear in mind when you apply for it in a nearby office as it is a tiresome work and creates hassle because of the so much applicants gathered for it.

The online service evoked as a light in a darkness as one can apply for CNIC services while resting at luxuries of their homes.

Here it should be kept mentioned that this service is shut by the authorities for the Pakistanis residing within the country whereas the people leaving abroad can still avail this offer.

Here are the features this service avails to the citizens:

  • Online apply for issuance or renewal CNIC
  • Payment through credit card
  • CNIC will be delivered at your given address within 10 to 12 working days.

Services offered by online NADRA facility enables you to apply for

  • New Overseas CNIC (NICOP) for the first time
  • CNIC Reprint in case if card was lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed.
  • CNIC Renewal for expired card
  • CNIC Modification if you want to change your identity data provided at NADRA.
  • CNIC Conversion to a chip-based Smart-ID card through renewal or modification application
  • You may track the status of your CNIC application

NADRA NICOP Online Application Procedure, Requirements and Processing Time

According to the statistics of Government of Pakistan at present there are over 8 million Pakistani people living in other countries. Majority of them is residing in the Middle East. If talk about remittances then no doubt, overseas Pakistanis are contributing a large amount in national treasury for last many years. Pakistan is the tenth country in the world in case of overseas remittances that is around $20 billion per year.

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For the welfare of overseas Pakistanis, it is important to give them as much facilities as they deserve. They are still deprived of many Pakistani rights. However, National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) is doing its work for the identity problems of overseas Pakistanis. NADRA has launched National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) for the overseas Pakistanis to declare then a valid and legitimate citizen of Pakistan. At first step it was being issued to only overseas Pakistanis working, living, staying and studying abroad for a consecutive time period of six months or possessing dual nationalities, but, now it is available to any citizen of Pakistan.

NADRA NICOP Online Application Procedure:

Willing overseas Pakistanis are required to follow the below mentioned steps for NICOP.

  1. Data Acquisition at Data Acquisition Unit (DAU)
  • Issuance of Token
  • Photo Capturing
  • Thumb and Signatures
  • Data Acquisition by DEO
  • Form Printing
  • Attestation & Form Submission
  1. Data uploading to NADRA Data Warehouse
  2. Verification and Clearance from NADRA Data Warehouse
  3. Printing at Production
  4. Delivery of NICOP to NSRC or Address

NADRA NICOP Document Requirements:

Following document are required to bring at the time of application

Birth Certificate or Old CNIC or Matriculation Certificate or CNICs of near relatives or Passport (compulsory in case of new).

Services Provided by NADRA NICOP:

  1. Issuance of new NICOP
  2. Modification of NICOP
  3. Duplicate of NICOP
  4. Correction of official mistake in NICOP

NADRA NICOP Online Delivery Time:

  1. Normal – 31 days
  2. Urgent – 23 days
  3. Fast Track – 9 days
  4. Express – 3 days

NADRA NICOP Fee Structures

NADRA NICOP/SNICOP Fee Details for Current Pakistan1

NADRA NICOP/SNICOP Fee Details for Current Pakistan2



NADRA NICOP/SNICOP Fee Details for Saudi Arabia5

NADRA NICOP/SNICOP Fee Details for Canada6

NADRA NICOP/SNICOP Fee Details for South Africa7

NADRA NICOP/SNICOP Fee Details for Qatar9

NADRA NICOP/SNICOP Fee Details for Italy10

Biometric SIM verification Deadline extended to April 13, 2015

Pakistan cellular companies have announced extension in date for biometric SIM verification up to April 13, 2015.

According to officials, no SIM will be blocked on February 27, however, any un-verified SIM till April 13, will be blocked automatically after the expiry of extended deadline.

February 26, 2015 was the first deadline for the biometric verification of SIM but cellular companies have verified 55 million subscribers out of 103 million. “Still a lot of progress remains to be made as the turnout of subscribers having three or more SIM’s on their CNIC’s is very low,” chairman PTA.

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) at start of the SIM verification process had set the dead line of April 13, 2015 for the cellular companies for biometric verification and cellular companies have asked the subscribers to verified their pre-paid SIM till Feb 26, 2015. But now, the cellular companies have also extend the verification date up to April 13, 2015.

The SIM biometric verification system was came into force in August 2014, therefore, the SIMs registered before the system came into force would have to go through the verification process.

Video Report on Sim Biometric Verification

In the wake of December, 16, 2014 attack on Army Public School, Peshawar, the federal government has asked mobile companies to block around 500,000 illegal SIMs and verified already purchased SIMs bio-metrically.

Almost 50% of 103 millions SIM’s are yet to be verified till the new deadline that is April 13, 2015.

Biometric Sim Verification by PTA