Papua New Guinea Civil and Identity Registrar General, Dickson Kiragi is calling on all citizens to surrender their Blue Birth Certificates and reapply for an NID birth certificate that comes along with a National Identity card, for adults.
The new birth certificate has security features and the information collected is saved to prevent cases of identity theft.
Speaking to EMTV news, the Kiragi said that the blue birth certificate have become obsolete and the information collected is insufficient to correctly identify people.
He explained that the new birth certificate comes along with a NID card for those at 18 years of age and older.
The new birth certificates have security features that show only under UV light.
All government agencies have been advised not to accept the blue certificates and send citizens to their nearest NID office in the province so that they can reapply for an NID birth certificate.