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
For the issuance or renewal of identity card for adult, the citizen has to submit the relevant application which you can find at the bottom of this page. Applications are submitted at the District Administrations, the Citizens Service Centers and Service Centers (Post Offices).
During the application procedure, a duly trained and authorized officer captures the biometrics (photograph and fingerprints) as well as the signature of the citizen.
In addition, for submitting the application the citizen must pay a fee of €30, as foreseen by the relevant law.
In case the application has been submitted from a person who acquired the Cypriot Citizenship through naturalization or by registration, she/he has to submit the following documents, together with the application:
- The original birth certificate
- The original naturalization certificate or registration
Application for issuance or renewal of Identity Card to a minor
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.
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).