NADRA Is Restarting Online Service for Issuing CNICs for Pakistanis

Getting yourself registered for an ID card, or renewals for that matter, is a hassle. Everyone has been through the ordeal at least once, waiting in lines for extended periods of time, going from a registration office to another office and then back.

Those days could be over.

Launch of the Online Service

NADRA launched its Online CNIC service to remedy this problem and provide a digital platform for  citizens to get themselves registered instead of going through the standard procedures and waiting in one queue then another.

The service received acclaim for providing more accessibility and ease to the people but it was shut down for Pakistani residents in August last year, most likely due to the large number of requests they received which they were unable to handle.


The good news is they are restarting the service for the residents again. The online portal provides step by step instructions for fulfilling the requirements for making a CNIC (required documents, file formats, picture sizes, etc.).

A video explaining it all in detail was is also included in case someone doesn’t understand the procedure from the guides.

An application fee is required for processing and delivering the CNIC. The rates for NICOP and CNIC both are mentioned on the website as well as the charges for modifying any details. The delivery charges are also mentioned there.

Looking Forward

The relaunch of this much needed online tool is sure to help those who live in far-off areas and cannot head to the registration centers for making a new CNIC or getting it renewed.

Hopefully this time around NADRA will be equipped so that the portal can avoid a repeat of the overload and consequent shutdown.

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