December 2, 2014 -
Mohammad Al-Jasser, Saudi Arabia’s Civil Affairs spokesman, recently announced that all Saudi women will be provided with the new smart national ID card with fingerprint recognition technology by 2019, according to a report by the Saudi Gazette.
Previously reported, the General Directorate of Passports introduced a new rule back in April that makes fingerprinting a mandatory practice for the issuance of new residence permit and final exit for all expatriate women.
Since the Civil Affairs Department decided that all Saudi women should be given a national ID, all of the agencies’ 27 branches across the country have been overwhelmed with applicants.
Civil Affairs began offering online registration service to resolve this issue, and in the past year alone it has received over 5.6 million bookings, said Al-Jasser.
The department recently opened more branches, specifically for women, in several areas of Saudi Arabia in an effort to handle the demand, serve applicants in rural areas and provide mobile services.
“I urge all official directorates in the Kingdom to only accept the national ID card of Saudi women as official ID,” said Al-Jasser. The Civil Affairs Department takes full responsibility for ensuring that every national ID issued is a valid one.”