Lagos State ready to Launch Smart ID Card


THE Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) has said it has wrapped up plans for the formal launch of the upgraded Lagos State Resident Identity Card (LAG ID Card).

The General Manager, LASRRA, Engr. (Mrs.) Ibilola Kasunmu who made this known this in Lagos, added that the new LAG ID Card will be launched on Wednesday, July 20 by the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu at Police College, Ikeja GRA.

According to her, the launch will occur, simultaneously across the five divisions of the State: Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe.

The live display of the smart card, its features, and Mr. Governor’s presentation would be one of the day’s major highlights, according to Kasunmu.

Engr. Kasunmu harped on the new LAG ID Card, saying that it has more features and functionalities to give cardholders faster and wider access to services offered by the Lagos State government.

She said, ‘‘The new LAG ID Card is a multi-application smartcard that offers registered residents access to services ranging from ‘a means of personal security and identity verification’ at points of accessing various government services, to applying for loans from Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF).

“In addition, card holders can also use it as a payment card for services across multiple vendors including buses and ferries; supermarkets, as well as cash withdrawals from banks’ Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).’’

Kasunmu appealed to residents in the State who have not registered to do so by visiting the website.

She said that after activating their registration online, residents had to go to the LASRRA Registration center that was closest to them to have their biometrics taken, adding that registration was completely free.

Those who registered in 2018 or earlier, as well as those who have changed their names and/or addresses, were urged by Kasunmu to make the necessary changes by validating and updating their records using the same procedure. Following this, they would be contacted to pick up the new LAG ID Card.

The enhanced LAG ID, she emphasized, is incorporated with a multi-applet chip module that saves some of the resident’s updated biodata and biometric characteristics for real-time identification authentication and verification. This is one of the reasons residents with the old cards are required to do this, she said.

She explained that the old identity card was only for identification purposes.

‘‘Holders of the old card need to update their records to obtain the new LAG ID Card with a validity period of 5 years. The new card allows flexibility, to onboard more features and expand usability in view of fast-changing technology trends,’’ she stated.


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