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What are the Documents Required for CNIC in Pakistan?

Obtaining a Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC) in Pakistan is a necessary step for all citizens aged 18 years and above. This guide will show you the documents required for CNIC in Pakistan and the steps involved in the application process.

Why do you need a CNIC in Pakistan?


In Pakistan, CNIC is not just a certificate or identity card.

It is the primary document for accessing various services such as banking, voting and statutory clarifications.

A CNIC issued by the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) is essential for verifying identity and ensuring access to government and private services

Documents required for CNIC in Pakistan

For First-Time Applicants with Parents/Blood Relatives Present:

  • The presence of the applicant is compulsory.
  • Original or copy of CNIC of a parent or close blood relative.
  • Biometric authentication through CNICF (Computerized Identity Card Form).

For First-Time Applicants with Parents/Blood Relatives Not Present:

  • The applicant is required to be present.
  • Original or copy of CNIC of parent or blood relative.
  • One of the following forms must be submitted:
    • Child Registration Certificate (CRC)
    • Matriculation certificate/mark sheet
    • Domicile or local certificate
    • Passport
  • A certified CNICF (Computerized Identity Card Form) is required.

For First-Time Applicants with No Available Documents:

  • The presence of the applicant is important.
  • Original CNIC of parent, blood relative, ancestor.
  • Biometric witness and case manager interview each CNIC holder with an affidavit.
  • Attested CNICF (Computerized Identity Card Form).

Also Read: Documents Required for Applying Passport Online

CNIC application Procedures at NADRA registration centers


There are several steps to apply for CNIC at NADRA Registration Centre:

Token Issuance: The first step is to collect the tokens and wait your turn.
Photography: Your photo will be taken on-site.
Biometric Data: Provide your fingerprint and signature for biometric data entry.
Data Entry: Provide all necessary information about yourself in data entry.
Letter review: Examine the printed form carefully for errors or omissions.
Submission form: A printed form, which must be attested by a gazetted officer (Grade 16 or above).

Timeframes and fees

The processing time for CNIC varies depending on the selected service:

  • Normal: Takes 9 to 31 days.
  • Urgent: Provides fast processing time.
  • Executive: Provides the fastest uptime.

Fees for CNIC services are updated from time to time. For the latest fee structure, it’s advisable to check on the NADRA website.

Another tip about the CNIC application

  • Biometric verification: If a blood relative (such as a father, mother, brother, sister, son, or daughter) is present at the registration center, biometric verification can eliminate the need to verify the form.
  • Method of Submission: Applicants can opt to receive CNIC via courier for a small additional fee at the time of registration.

To get a CNIC in Pakistan, you need to clearly understand the required documents and the application process.

By preparing well and following the steps outlined above, you can ensure a smooth and efficient experience at NADRA registration centers.

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