National Database and Registration Authority’s (NADRA) has launched a mobile application called Pak-ID which will be used to capture biometrics and scan documents using smartphones.

“Inaugurated PAK-ID Mobile App by #NADRA. A revolutionary step in providing convenience, especially to Overseas Pakistanis. Applicants of can now capture fingerprints, photograph and documents using mobile phone. Great initiative by Tariq Malik & NADRA team”

The Prime Minister Tweeted

The mobile application will facilitate the citizens to apply for the National ID card, using the Pak-ID portal, the authority said in a press release.

The app will be able to capture biometrics — fingerprints, facial recognition — and scans documents needed for the processing of citizens’ ID cards and documents. Through this app all citizens, including expats will be able to digitally capture fingerprints, photographs and documents. The digital system will end conventional modes of specialised equipment and physical papers for processing IDs.

“The innovation will revolutionise the National ID eco-system in Pakistan by providing the public convenience,” the NADRA chairman said.

The app was launched by Prime Minister Imran Khan in a ceremony, who lauded Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik’s innovative idea of the mobile app “which is a step towards implementing the PM’s vision of inclusive registration and a digital Pakistan”, the press release added.

The statement further said that with the introduction of the NADRA Pak-ID app, Pakistan has become a trailblazer in the ID Management Industry.

NADRA chairman said that the “digital dividends of such a technological innovation would yield positive results in financial inclusion, ease of doing business, and e-governance initiatives, by offering remote identification and e-Know Your Customer (KYC)”.

The app will also open new avenues for businesses allowing them to rapidly take users on board and provide password-less authentication.

Small companies, startups and fintech organizations will also be able to harvest their digital dividends, as rent-seekers will be eliminated and the cost of conducting business will reduce.

The NADRA mobile app can be downloaded for Android on the Google Play Store and for iOS on the Apple Store.

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