Afghan identity card

The Afghan identity card or Afghan Tazkira (Pashto: تذکره) is a national identity document that is issued upon request to every Afghan citizen or national,[1] whether such individual resides inside or outside of Afghanistan.[2][3] It serves as proof of identity and residency but more importantly Afghan nationality. The document is issued by the National Statistics and Information Authority (NSIA), which has offices in all provinces of Afghanistan.[4][5][6][7][8]

Afghan Tazkira
TypeNational identity card
Issued by Afghanistan
Eligibility18 years old; citizen or national of Afghanistan
Expiration5 to 10 years[citation needed]

The Afghan Tazkira, which is older than 100 years, has been modernized in recent years. The electronic identification (e-ID) card campaign was officially launched in Kabul in May of 2018 when then-President Ashraf Ghani and First Lady Rula Ghani received their cards. Distribution of the e-ID cards or e-Tazkiras later began in other parts of Afghanistan. The e-Tazkira complies with international standards for identity documents.[9] As of November 2022, over 8 million Afghan nationals have obtained their e-Tazkiras.[10][11][12] This includes the Afghans that are temporarily residing in Iran and in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).[2][4]


In order to obtain an Afghan e-Tazkira, an application must be submitted inside the office of Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior Affairs[13] or electronically using the internet.[4] The processing fee is 300 Afghanis (Afs) inside Afghanistan,[10] but €10 euros in Europe and $10 in America.[14] The e-Tazkia cards are issued by the NSIA.[15] Evidence that the applicant is in fact a national and citizen of Afghanistan is required.[3] This can be proven by providing older Afghan paper identification. If the applicant does not have such a document, then he or she must bring family members, relatives or witnesses willing to testify. Applicants below 18 years old must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians before the application can be processed.[16]


The Afghan e-Tazkira is a polycarbonate card and rectangular in shape, about 86 × 54 millimeters in size. On one side is a gold-plated contact chip, and on the right-hand side is the small photograph of the bearer, personal information is available in English on the same side. On the top of the card on both sides, the name Afghanistan is written in three languages, Pashto, Dari and English. On the back side is personal information about the bearer in two languages Pashto and Dari. It can be used as a smart card.[17] In May 2022, the Afghan government announced plans to issue e-Tazkira cards with a new design bearing the emblem of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.[18]

Printed dataEdit

The descriptions of the fields are printed in Pashto, Dari and English.

  • Given name
  • Surname
  • Personal Id. No.
  • Holder's signature
  • Place of birth
  • Date of birth
  • Authority
  • Date of issue
  • Date of expiry

A machine readable zone is printed on the bottom of the back-side of the card.[19]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Women's access to identification cards can accelerate development in Afghanistan". October 5, 2020. Retrieved 2021-02-07.
  2. ^ a b "Opening the 6th E-Tazkira (eNID) Centers in Kerman City of Iran". National Statistic and Information Authority (NSIA). January 21, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "ENIC process at a snail's pace: Balkh residents". Pajhwok Afghan News. July 25, 2021. Retrieved 2021-07-28.
  4. ^ a b c "NSIA Processed More than 5 Million E-Tazkira Applications". National Statistic and Information Authority (NSIA). June 21, 2021. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  5. ^ "Violence affects e-ID cards distribution in Kandahar". Pajhwok Afghan News. August 9, 2021. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  6. ^ "Ghazni residents blast long lasting CNIC process". Pajhwok Afghan News. December 15, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  7. ^ "Farah begins issuing electronic ID cards to residents". Pajhwok Afghan News. September 19, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  8. ^ "Paktia residents want CNIC process accelerated". Pajhwok Afghan News. August 4, 2020. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  9. ^ "Distribution of e-ID cards to start on May 3, 2018". TOLOnews. May 3, 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-06.
  10. ^ a b "Increased Cost of Electronic IDs Raises Concerns". TOLOnews. November 20, 2022. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  11. ^ "6m electronic ID cards distributed countrywide: NSIA". Pajhwok Afghan News. January 25, 2021. Retrieved 2021-07-28.
  12. ^ "The Number of Processed E-Tazkira Until Yesterday". National Statistic and Information Authority (NSIA). Archived from the original on 2021-09-11. Retrieved 2021-03-06.
  13. ^ "Absentee Tazkira".
  14. ^ "Absentee Tazkira – Embassy of Afghanistan".
  15. ^ "TAZKIRA SERVICES (Afghan National ID)".
  16. ^ "".
  17. ^ "Kabultimes". Archived from the original on 2018-05-06.
  18. ^ "Deputy prime minister hosts meeting in Kabul". Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. 13 May 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2022.
  19. ^ "". Archived from the original on May 7, 2018.

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