In the race to implement technology, NADRA has hit another achievement with the launch of a very useful service for verifying CNIC details.
Now you don’t need to visit NADRA offices to get someone’s details verified. Whether it’s part of background checks for hiring or any other purpose, verifying someone’s details is easy now.
Simply verify their CNIC by sending an SMS to 7000.
Write CNIC Number without dashes and send it to 7000. In response, you will get name and father’s name of that particular CNIC number holder (in urdu fonts).
Example: write 3740149922830 and send to 7000
Charges: Rs. 10 plus tax per message (Around Rs. 12 including taxes)
At the moment, this service is available for Mobilink, Telenor and Warid customers while Ufone and Zong are in the process of getting listed.
One may think that this is a privacy loop hole. However, as it does not provide any contact details of the CNIC holder and only reveals the name and father’s name, it is acceptable and could prove to be very helpful in a number of cases.
Talking about benefits, this service will really help the public in general as well as aid in special cases. You will be able to easily verify someone’s details to check if they’re being truthful or not and this is of help in business deals and personal contracts where you need to be sure about the authenticity of identification documents.
This service will also be helpful to law-enforcement agencies as they will be able to get more details compared to public because there is another special number for them. They can get CNIC information by sending the number at 7001.
Subscribers will get details through cellular companies which will collect data in real time from NADRA National Data Warehouse. This is thought be a secure data transfer as service numbers are labeled as “Special Numbers”.
NADRA is also supporting law-enforcement agencies and govt. to implement and cope up with prevailing law and order situation. This step is regarded as a great initiative as it will bring quick background checks to anyone who needs them.
A lot of things are on their way but there is still a BIG job to be done.