It seems that the government has decided to cash in on the soaring demand for identity cards just as the general elections are around the corner.
National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has decided to increase CNIC fees for all categories. Apart from that, the urgent CNIC fee has also been increased by as much as 300%.
A NADRA representative tried to justify the fee hike by saying that the government is reducing the subsidy provided on each card. According to reports, the government provided Rs 40 relief on each CNIC previously. Even then, a Rs 40 increase in CNIC rates doesn’t even come close to the proposed increase of 100-300%.
Let’s take a look at the revised rates for all categories;
Fee Details of CNIC/SNIC
|New Smart NIC||750||1500||2500|
|Smart NIC Modification||750||1500||2500|
|Smart NIC Duplicate||750||1500||2500|
|Smart NIC Renewal||750||1500||2500|
|CNIC Cancellation (Due to death)||50||–||–|
Fee Details of NICOP/SNICOP
|Categories/Type Zone A (UK/USA)||Service|
|New Smart NICOP||4600||6700||8800|
|Smart NICOP Modification||4600||6700||8800|
|Smart NICOP Duplicate||4600||6700||8800|
|Smart NICOP Renewal||4600||6700||8800|
|Categories/Type Zone B (Middle East/Gulf)||Service|
|New Smart NICOP||2350||3550||4700|
|Smart NICOP Modification||2350||3550||4700|
|Smart NICOP Duplicate||2350||3550||4700|
|Smart NICOP Renewal||2350||3550||4700|
Previously, the normal CNIC fee was set at Rs 200, which has now been increased to Rs 400.
The urgent CNIC fee saw an increase of around 300% to Rs 1150 – from the previous charges of Rs 300. The fee of executive CNIC (Teslin-based) has been doubled as well to Rs2,150, up from Rs 1,000.
Similarly, the fee for chip-based CNIC (smart card) was updated from Rs 400 to Rs 750 as well. The urgent smart card fee has been set to Rs 1,500 from Rs 800. The executive smart card fee was increased as well from Rs 1,600 to Rs 2,500.