The National Identification Authority has made it easier for persons who wish to avoid long queues or head out to register for the Ghana Card.
From the comfort of one’s home, one can acquire a Ghana Card. However, e-home registration is eligible to a minimum of 5 Ghanaian applicants aged 15 years and above.
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How to register for the Ghana Card at home – Pre-registration procedure
Once you meet the eligibility requirement, a site survey will be conducted at your home to determine the following;
- Signal strength – This is to ensure the network signal strength of your home is stable enough to ensure an uninterrupted registration process.
- Space- This is to ensure the environment of the registration exercise is conducive for the registration process and officers.
- Location – This is to determine and easily access the location of the household before the designated date of the registration process
- Confirm the list of applicants – This is to confirm the list of applicants who will be undertaking the registration process.
The Ghana Card registration process at home comes at a fee for each household member. The NIA fee structure states that each member of the household who is on the list of applicants is expected to pay GH150.000. As per the Fees and Charges (Miscellaneous Provisions) Instrument, 2019.
Also, a logistic fee for site survey and movement of NIA equipment to your home will come at a fee according to the Fees and Charges (Miscellaneous Provisions) Instrument, 2019.
Applicants who wish to register for the Ghana Card can download and fill out the Registration Application Form (Household) and submit it to the NIA Head Office or via email@example.com. The form is available on its website.
a. When submitting the form, one must attach or go with any of the following compulsory requirements.
- Applicant’s Birth Certificate or valid Passport or
- One of the applicant’s relatives who possess a Ghana Card to vouch for the applicant or
- Two non-relatives who know the applicant to be a Ghanaian and who possess Ghana Cards to vouch for the applicant; and
- The Ghana Post Digital Address of the applicant’s residence.
b. According to the NIA, the following categories of persons are the only ones who can vouch for you.
- Practicing or retired professional teacher (including principals, headmasters & headteachers)
- A Gazetted Chief
- Practicing or retired Magistrate or Judge
- Practicing or retired licensed Professional e.g. doctor, nurse, lawyer, accountant, engineer, architect, etc.
- A serving or retired civil/public servant
- A serving or retired Clergyman
- An Imam
- A serving or retired Catechist
- A serving or retired member of the security services including the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Armed Forces, Ghana Prison Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana National Fire Service, BNI, Customs, Excise and Preventive Service of the Ghana Revenue Service and National Security
- A current or past Member of Parliament, An Assembly or Unit Committee
As an optional requirement, the NIA requires Ghanaians to have additional Government-issued identity cards such as Driver’s Licence, Voter ID Card, SSNIT Biometric Card, National Health Insurance Card, and Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN).