A national identification card is set to be rolled out in the Turks and Caicos Islands by 2025, according to reports.
As outlined by Turks and Caicos Weekly News, the new ID card will replace the National Insurance Board (NIB), National Health Insurance Plan (NHIP) and Status Cards currently used.
At a recent town hall meeting, Hon Erwin Jay Saunders, Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance Investment and Trade, said a team from the UK is currently on the islands to develop the project.
“The projects that underpin digital government and E-government are two main projects, one of them being the national ID, which we are moving forward with,” said Saunders.
“The UK Consulting team is on the island right now and they are starting to gather the information on preparing the strategic plan. That strategic plan will include all of the systems that the departments will need… that process is being managed by the Office of the Premier.”
According to the report, the tender process will close on 11 January 2023. Following this, a consultant will start to design the cards.
“The national ID will be with everyone who is allowed to be a resident in the Turks and Caicos. If you were born in the Turks and Caicos you will get one – if you come here on a work permit you’ll get one,” added Saunders.