Encrea awarded contract to design new national ID card
It is unlikely that the design change will be implemented before the elections.
Encrea Private Limited has won the opportunity to design the new national identity card.
The decision to change the design of the card, which has been in use since 39 years ago, was taken at a cabinet meeting in 2021.
Since then, the government had invited applications for the new design of the card in July last year.
The decision to change the design of the card was taken to incorporate modern security features and make it a smart card.
For the new card, Encrea's design was selected from among the designs submitted in response to an open call. The company has been awarded MVR 200,000 for the new design.
Encrea's team that designed the new card include:
Graphics designer Abdulla Shafiu
Graphics designer Hussain Shazif Adam
Business strategist Hussain Jinan
The company, which was founded four years ago, has done all the branding work for the recently held SAFF Championships. In addition, the company has designed for other national-level competitions and events.
Neither the national registration department nor Encrea has yet come up with the details of the new NID card. However, it is learnt that the new design of the card will be unveiled before the upcoming elections. However, it is unlikely that the design change will be implemented before the elections.
While the government has already started the process of changing the cards, the government has already started testing digital cards. However, the exact date of the introduction of digital IDs to the public is not known.