Based on the provisions of the Civil Registry Law, the Civil Registry and Migration Department (CRMD) is responsible for the issuance of Identity Cards to Cypriot citizens.
CRMD issues identity cards with biometric data (photograph and fingerprints) as well as the signature of the holder. To ensure compliance with relevant data protection regulations, the fingerprints of the holder are erased from the system within 48 hours from the issuance of the identity card.
The acquisition and possession of Civil Identity Card is compulsory for any person who has completed twelve years of age and provisional for minors below that age.
On 17.8.2020 the new version of ID cards issued to Cypriot citizens will be circulated. The new ID cards are biometric, in line with the specifications set in the international and European law and thus have increased levels of security against counterfeiting, forgery and impersonation. It is noted that all ID cards of current versions will remain in force until the date of their expiry and will not be replaced.
Samples of the new version of the ID cards can be found here.
Application for issuance or renewal of identity card for adults
Application for issuance or renewal of Identity Card to a minor
For the issuance or renewal of identity card to a minor, the relevant application, which can be found at the bottom of this page, has to be submitted at the District Administrations, the Citizens Service Centers and Service Centers (Post Offices). A fee of €20 must be paid upon the submission of the application.
Minors below 12 years of age
The application must be signed by both parents, father and mother of the minor, before the authorized officer.
In case one of the two parents is overseas, the application has to be submitted and signed by the parent who is present accompanied with a written consent of the parent who is absent, which explicitly mentions that the consent is provided for the purpose of the issuance of an identity card to his minor child. This consent has to be certified from the Consular Authority of the Republic.
If the parents are divorced, then the application has to be submitted from the parent that has the guardianship and the parental responsibility of the minor, with the submission of the competent Court Order that confirms guardianship and parental responsibility.
During the application procedure, a duly trained and authorized officer captures only the photograph of the minor.
Minors over 12 years of age
The application can be signed by one of the two parents or both.
During the application procedure, a duly trained and authorized officer captures the biometrics (photograph and fingerprints) as well the signature of the minor.
In case the application has been submitted from a minor who acquired the Cypriot Citizenship through naturalization or by registration, she/he has to submit the following documents, together with the application:
Application for replacement of identity card due to loss or theft or wear
Application for issue/renewal/replacement of ID for citizens residing overseas
Issuance and receipt of Identity Cards
All identity cards are issued at the central offices of the Civil Registry and Migration Department in Nicosia. However, you can only receive your identity card at the place where you submitted your application.
- The original birth certificate
- The original naturalization certificate or registration
It is advised that you receive your identity card not earlier than ten (10) working days from the day of your application. During some periods the waiting time may be longer due to the higher number of applications submitted and other factors such as systems' upgrades, maintenance works, etc. In any case, at the time of the application submission, you will be informed from the authorized officer for the time you will receive your card.
Cypriot citizens living abroad will receive their identity cards from the Consular Authority at which the application was submitted, within 2 – 3 months from the day of the application.
Identity Card validity
For more information you can contact the Administration Authorities, the Citizens Service Centers and the Service Centres (Post Offices).