With the introduction of new biometric ID cards in 2020, Moroccan administrations will no longer ask for life and residence certificates.
Rabat – Having already abandoned exit and entry forms at Moroccan airports with a view to facilitating administrative processes, the Moroccan government has announced that life and residence will no longer be required as of 2020.
The Moroccan Minister of Interior Abdelouafi Laftit announced the move during post-parliament questions sessions on Tuesday, October 29.
Laftit explained that the introduction of the new National Electronic Identity Card (CNIE) means that Moroccan citizens no longer need to provide life and residence certificates to complete official paperwork. Currently, life certificates are required for citizens applying for state pensions and for ID card application and renewal.
The minister added that a new bill is ready and will be presented before the government and the parliament in the coming weeks.
The introduction of the new CNIE in 2020 is designed to facilitate administrative processes for Moroccan citizens.
The new IDs will allow access to a digital system adopted by the various public and private stakeholders while modernizing the design format. The new format will take into account the historical and cultural specificities of Morocco, the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) explained in a statement.
With the new CNIE, citizens will be able to use identity and biometric data contained in the IDs to authenticate operations, facilitating access to public administration and private sector services, including public programs and health benefits.
The new ID cards are lower in cost than previous cards and are guaranteed to all citizens, including minors. In contrast, the current cards are only offered to citizens 18 and up. In the case of minors, the ID cards will be available immediately after birth or at the age of schooling.