PACI starts issuing smart Civil ID cards to expats
KUWAIT: Director-General of the Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) Musa’ed Al-Asousi announced that the authority has started issuing smart Civil ID cards to expatriates in batches.
Al-Asousi disclosed this during a press conference on Monday, emphasizing that the distribution started with the GCC nationals. The cards are being issued after expiration of the current Civil ID cards or upon request for amendment of data in the cards. He said the next stage will include another set of expatriates based on the type of residency.
He pointed out that the step was taken after the successful implementation and distribution of smart Civil ID cards to citizens.
He said the card can be used for personal identification, technical and security purposes to enable holders to travel freely within the GCC countries. He added that holders can use it for electronic signature and other future applications.
He explained that the smart card has the same technical, security and structural specifications as the one issued to Kuwaitis, except for the color. He indicated that the card has electronic chip to save large data, including picture and fingerprint. He informed that the authority has contacted government departments to approve dealing with expatriates through the smart card alongside the current card until the smart card is issued to all expatriates.
With regard to the documents required for issuance of the card, he said the applicant should submit two recent passport photographs, copy of traveling passport (information and residency pages), blood group and other necessary documents for any amendment to the data.
He concluded that those who are interested to know more can call customer service at 1889988 for information through the Interactive Voice Response IVR or dial zero when prompted by IVR to have a direct discussion with a staff members from 7:00 am-11:00 pm. He expressed appreciation to everyone who contributed to the successful implementation of the system.