Start of masthead

Minimize
Search


Obtaining a National Identification Card


A National Identification (ID) Card is issued to a citizen or eligible resident when they register to vote.  The National ID Card is an electoral document that is used to identify you in the voting process.  It is also accepted as a primary form of identification within Trinidad and Tobago and can be obtained prior to your being eligible to vote. 




Who is eligible?

  • A citizen of Trinidad and Tobago who is 15 years of age or older.
  • A Commonwealth citizen 15 years of age or older, whom has resided legally in Trinidad and Tobago for a period of at least one year immediately preceding the application.

back to top

How do I apply?

You must apply in person at your Registration Area Office.  Please contact the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) at the address at the bottom of this page to find your nearest Registration Area office.

 

You will be photographed upon application.  Applicants may choose to bring their own photographs.  These photographs must be 2.54 cm x 3.175 cm (1" x1 ΒΌ") and have either a light blue or white background.

 

A Registration Officer will conduct a field check following your application to ensure that the information that you have given is correct.

 

You will receive a letter from the EBC within four to six weeks alerting you to come and collect your National ID Card.

back to top

What documents do I need to bring to the appointment?

All eligible applicants must bring:

  • An original Birth Certificate and a copy of the Certificate to attach to your application.

Citizens born outside of Trinidad and Tobago must also bring:

  • A valid passport and a copy of the identification page of your passport to attach to your application.
  • Documentation of citizenship from the Immigration Division of the Ministry of National Security and a copy of your citizenship documentation to attach to your application.  You can click on the link below to see a list of Immigration Division office locations.

A Citizen whose name does not appear on or correspond to the name show on the original Birth Certificate must also bring:

  • A Supporting Affidavit and a copy of the Affidavit to attach to your application.

Citizens who have changed their name or whose name being used does not correspond to that on the original Birth Certificate must also bring:

  • A Deed Poll and a copy of the Deed Poll to attach to the application.

Married women who have taken their husbands last name must also bring:

  • A Marriage Certificate and a copy of the Marriage Certificate to attach to the application.

Commonwealth and non-Commonwealth Citizens must also bring:

  • A Certificate of Residence and a copy of your Certificate to attach to the application.

back to top

What fees do I need to pay?

There is no charge for your first application for a National ID Card, but you must pay the following renewal/replacement fees:

  • TT$10.00 for your first renewal/replacement.
  • TT$20.00 for subsequent renewals/replacements.

back to top

When does my National Identification Card expire?

Your National ID Card is valid for a period of 10 years.

back to top

How do I renew my National Identification Card?

You must apply to renew your National ID Card in person at your Registration Area Office.  You may renew your card two months prior to expiry.  Please plan to renew your card four to six weeks prior to expiry.

  • You will be photographed upon application.
  • A Registration Officer will conduct a field check to ensure that the information that you have given is correct.
  • You will receive a letter from the EBC within four to six weeks alerting you to come in and collect your National Identification Card.

back to top

What documentation do I need to bring to renew my National Identification Card?

Any applicant who is renewing their ID card must submit:

  • The expired Identification Card. 

If your name has changed you must also bring:

  • Supporting documents such as a Deed Poll or Marriage Certificate.

back to top

What do I do if my National Identification Card is lost, stolen or mutilated?

If you lose your National ID Card you must first obtain an A71 form from your Registration Area Office.

 

  • Report the loss or theft to the Police Station in your area and have your A71 form signed.  Follow the link below to see a list of Police Station locations.
  • Report the loss or theft to a Commissioner of Affidavits or Justice of the Peace and have your form signed.  You will be required to pay a prescribed fee of TT$2.50. 
  • Bring the signed A71 Form to your Registration Area Office where you will participate in a brief interview.  The Interviewing Officer will complete your A71 Form for you and provide you with a voucher.
  • Submit your Voucher to the nearest Revenue Office and pay the fee (TT$10.00 for the first replacement, TT$20.00 for subsequent replacements).  Follow the link below to see a list of District Revenue Offices.
  • Return to Registration Area Office and submit A71 Form and receipt from the Revenue Office showing proof of payment.
  • You will be photographed for the new ID Card.
  • You will receive a letter from the EBC within four to six weeks alerting you to come and collect your replacement Card.

District Revenue Offices

Police Stations in Trinidad and Tobago

back to top

What if I have a complaint regarding the registration process?

The Elections and Boundaries Commission strives to be as transparent and fair as possible.  If you have any complaints regarding the registration process, please contact our hotline immediately:

 

(868) 627-1516; (868) 627-0745

back to top

Where can I find more information?

Elections and Boundaries Commission

Head Office

Scott House

134-138 Frederick Street

Port of Spain

Trinidad, West Indies
Tel. (868) 625-8994, 623-4622

Fax. (868) 627-7881

Hotline. (868) 627-1516, 627-0745
Opening hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday, except public holidays

back to top