Lagos launches smart residence ID card

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The Lagos State Government has launched an improved smart and multi-purpose resident ID card.

Smart Residence ID card introduced in Lagos
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during the unveiling of the smart residence ID card

On Wednesday, July 20, 2022, the Lagos State Government launched an enhanced smart and multi-purpose resident ID card for a comprehensive resident database.

According to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the new “smart” and “multipurpose” cards combined biometric identification with other features and benefits that cut across areas such as security, financial services, mobility and access to government services and Amenities.

The smart resident card will help solve challenges around identifying and tracing Lagos residents and ultimately help inform government planning and service delivery aimed at securing lives and property. .

“Our population, currently estimated at over 22 million, is growing rapidly, with obvious implications for social services, social infrastructure and security. It has therefore become imperative for the state government to re-examine strategies aimed at improving the safety of lives and properties of the people of Lagos State,” said Sanwo-Olu.

Apart from security, the card aims to facilitate financial inclusion with its electronic “wallet”, which could hold funds and be used for daily transactions, supporting the monetary authorities’ cashless agenda. Other benefits include; access to government services such as health insurance, pension administration and education allowance based on residential addresses and many other social amenities.

Currently, over 6.5 million residents have been registered in the database by the Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA), with the state having seen its registration quadruple in the past three years, according to Sanwo-Olu.

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How to register on the Lagos State Resident Database

The Lagos State Resident Registration Agency (LASRRA) is responsible for registering all residents of Lagos State regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religious affiliation or religion. nationality.

Anyone who resides in the state and intends to do so for 3 months and more is required to register through one of two processes – online or direct registration.

For online registration, the applicant will register through the LASRRA portal to generate a reference number which will be provided to any physical registration center near you for biometric capture.

The documents required for registration at the Center include:

  • Registration document requirements for adults (16 years and older); Photo ID and verification of residential address.
  • Proof of identification (either of these: international passport, employee ID card, national ID card, Nigerian national driver’s license, student ID card, tax or receipt)
  • Proof of residence: (either; receipt and rental contract, electricity bill from current place of residence: waste disposal bill, PHCN bill, water bill, etc.)

Meanwhile, the registration documents required for the child or children (aged 0-15) are a birth certificate (original and photocopy) and a photocopy of the registration card of the registering adult. the child (the adult must have completed registration before a child can be registered).

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