Fine’s Proposed for Unclaimed Civil ID Cards

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KUWAIT CITY, Aug 7: In an ongoing effort to address the challenge of accumulating a substantial number of civil identity cards, the Public Authority for Civil Information is contemplating the introduction of penalties for individuals who fail to collect their completed cards within a three-month timeframe.

According to Mansour Al-Muthin, the Director General of the Authority, there is a significant backlog of over 220,000 civil identity cards within the Authority’s systems. Approximately 70 percent of these cards belong to expatriates holding residency under Articles 18 and 22. This accumulation has primarily resulted from the under utilization of the “My Identity” application.

Al-Muthin emphasized that these accumulated cards are occupying valuable storage space and impeding the issuance of new cards, reports Al Rai. This situation has prompted consideration of a fine system, potentially amounting to 20 dinars, for individuals who exceed a three-month delay in collecting their civil identity cards.

The proposed study, once completed, will be presented to the Authority’s Board of Directors. It outlines the potential implementation of fines in cases where cardholders, whether citizens or residents, neglect to retrieve their cards within three months from the storage date. After an additional three-month period, the unretrieved cards will be discarded. Subsequently, the cardholder will be required to obtain a new card, incurring new fees along with the fine. The individual will forfeit the right to claim reimbursement for the initial issuance fees.

To expedite the process of civil identity card issuance and cater to cardholders’ demands, the Authority has taken measures to halt the issuance of cards submitted prior to May 23. This strategic move aims to streamline the issuance process for submissions received after the aforementioned date, resulting in a more efficient card issuance timeline that now spans just a few days.

Al-Muthin also disclosed plans to bolster the current delivery infrastructure with additional machines. This expansion is geared toward accommodating a larger volume of card distributions, supplementing the existing fleet of 100 machines that are currently in operation.

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