NADRA Could Charge You Upto Rs. 31,500 for Card Cancellation

National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) justified charging ‘ an exorbitant fee’ before the Supreme Court on Tuesday for the issuance of National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (Nicop) and cancellation of Pakistan Origin Card (POC).

NADRA claimed that price of the new chip-based smart identification card is high due to its distinctive features.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took notice of the situation and issued an order which required NADRA representatives to submit a report in connections with suo motu.

The matter was to be discussed today, by a three-judge bench, headed by the Chief Justice himself. Col Mohammad Sagir requested the authorities to reflect on the fact that previously NADRA charged 10,000 rupees to generate a POC but recently, the organization ramped up the prices to 15,000 rupees, whereas the POC cancellation fee was 31,500 rupees.

In response, NADRA submitted a two-page report, in which the organization claimed that fees have gradually been increasing in the past 16 years in accordance with visa policy on reciprocal basis. There are two options for overseas Pakistanis who have surrendered their nationality or carry dual citizenship. Either they can get a POC/NICOP or apply for a visa. The former is cheaper, NADRA said.

It was revealed that the new chip-based NIC is equipped with 36 security features which will help in preventing identity breach of the citizens. Moreover, it is safe from all types of forgery.

The report also stated that the card material is durable and is made out of poly-carbonated material. The expiry date of the card is 10 years, giving three additional years of visa-free entry to the card holders into Pakistan. Previously, the card expired after seven years.

NADRA also stated in their report that the organization has launched an online application website in 2015. Applicants can apply without having to visit the embassies or the NADRA centers.

Previously the processing time for the cards in question was lengthy, but now the fresh applications take about 22 minutes. The card can be delivered in 7 to 10 days.

The total number of successful applications process was also mentioned in the report, which was around 230,000.

Zarar is the Editor of Sports and Auto section and heads the Branded Content as well.


    when a prime minister , (acting )can have PM house as his address ,sent by Americans or planted by them to make a fool of this country law seems to be for poor citizens only .the fee has nothing to do with Visa fees or processing charges . you make it easy and affordable .but it seems the amount has to added to somebody’s account who is short of funds to buy property in London .

    • Muhammad Farooqi

      I like your word “acting” .. such a great actor :)

  • Faizan

    Have someone used any one these “36 security features”?

    • Muhammad Farooqi

      Yes.. i did use one feature.. i can’t say security .. but yes.. one feature. When I got that card.. i showed that to all of my friends.. “See .. it has a chip.. and english too ” :D and all of my friends were amazed! WWooowww!!!

    • Muhammed Ovais Alam

      You can use one too. When stopped by police, you can show them the card to prove that you’re Pakistani.

      • Faizan

        Dangerously smart feature

  • チョウドリー シャヒド

    Kuch din pekle poc banwaya yah tu 7 years ka hi cast rs 21000 thi what is going on whith nadra

  • Muhammad Farooqi

    these 36 secuirty features are like saying in punjabi “.. tenu chhattee veri samjhaya wa”.. no active security is there. i’ve been using my chip based card for more than 6 years. but never,, never,, and never somebody would have scanned that. but only asked my number.. WTF (what the fun)???

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