National Database & Registration Authority Multi – Biometric ID Card

NADRA has developed a comprehensive system with Interactive Data Acquisition & Web methodologies; acquiring, transferring, processing, archiving data & producing ISO compliant secure identification documents. This system generates unique citizen identification numbers for entire population. The Registration system integrates biometric technologies such as Automated Finger Identification Systems (AFIS) and Facial Recognition Systems and is capable of providing identity verification to all integral Government departments. The system can meet any standards required by the customer, including ISO 7810 and ICAO 9303 compliant ID cards.


NADRA provides integration services for all types of ID technologies as per the clients’ requirement including Smart Card, RFID cards, Java cards and microprocessor based cards. The end-to-end registration system ensures authenticity of individual & documents through visual as well as electronic means. NADRA provides the following services to its clients:

Evaluate possible technologies and solutions for the project .

Develop a new Identification numbering scheme .

Define technical standards based on requirements and evaluation

Define system security standards .

Undertake a system analysis and design study of the manual process, to identify gaps in the system

Perform Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) of the existing procedures

Develop data acquisition methodologies and identify data fields required to be captured

Identify required technologies pertaining to:

Data Acquisition

Data Communication

Data Processing

Secure Document Production & Document Delivery components

Design Data Backup and Disaster Recovery (DR) plan for the project

Develop requirements for integration with other government bodies

Identify Hardware & Software to implement a state-of-the-art system


Interactive Registration:

NADRA has the ability to provide its clients with Multi-biometric Interactive Registration Centers that can be designed as a one widow solution that makes good use of latest data enrollment technology to gather data directly from the applicants thereby eliminating erroneous data processing. The interactive data capturing not only uses customized software for on-the-spot data entry, but also employs software that captures an individual’s photograph as per ICAO standards and biometric technology to capture fingerprints. The data gathered at the acquisition centers is sent directly to the Data Warehouse for processing and finally to printing of secured documents.

NADRA has successfully implemented the Multi-Biometric National Identity Card System based on Teslin® for Pakistan. Till date over 96 million citizens have been registered and over 68 million ID cards produced.


National Data Warehouse:

NADRA has established the National Data Warehouse to cater the influx of huge data. This central repository stores demographic and geographic data of the citizen and processes applicant’s records for the issuance of multiple secure documents after exhaustive verification through automated biometric facial and fingerprint recognition and verification systems. All the applications running in data warehouse are designed and developed in-house, which caters for all needs of automated processing, personalization and verification with minimum human intervention. Some of the data warehouse applications are:

Phonetics – probably the fastest search engine which searches on the basis of names

Family Identification – provide vertical and horizontal family linkages

Verisys – web based verification system

Registration Tracking – tracks applicant’s application through-out the life cycle of processing

Disaster recovery and replication module

Mission Statement

To make Islamic Republic of Pakistan a country where rule of law reigns supreme; where every Pakistani feels secure to lead a life in conformity with his religious beliefs, culture, heritage and customs; where a Pakistani from any group, sect or province respects the culture, tradition and faith of the other, where every foreign visitor feels welcome and secure.


Main Responsibilities:

The primary responsibility of Interior Division is to ensure internal security. Besides, the Interior Division deals with:

National registration of population and issuance of identity cards.

Nationality, citizenship and naturalization.

Immigration, passports, regulation of entry and exit of foreigners.

Control and administration of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Civil Armed Forces i.e. Frontier Corps, Frontier Constabulary, Pakistan Rangers and Coast Guards, Capital Development Authority and Islamabad Capital Territory.

Coordination of Policy matters relating to Police, Police reforms and training of Police officers through National Police Academy (NPA).

Anti-smuggling measures and enforcement of Anti-corruption Laws.

Arms policy, issuance of licenses for non-prohibited weapons.

Policy coordination and higher training of Civil Defence.

Coordination of jail reforms with Provinces and training of Jail staff at Central Jail Staff Training Institute (CJSTI), Lahore.



Bureau of Policy Research and Development

Directorate General Civil Defence

Directorate General of Immigration and Passport

Directorate General Federal Investigation Agency

National Police Academy

National Police Foundation

National Database & Registration Authority

Civil Armed Forces

National Police Foundation

Narcotics Division



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