The Lagos State Government is set to launch an upgraded Lagos State Resident Identity Card on Wednesday, July 20 this year.
The General Manager, Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA), Mrs Ibilola Kasunmu, noted that the launch would happen simultaneously across the five divisions of the state: Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island, and Epe.
Kasunmu stated that the new card comes with more features and functionalities to offer the card holders wider and faster access to services provided by the state government.
In her words, “The new LAG ID Card is a multi-application smartcard that offers registered residents access to services.
“It ranges from ‘a means of personal security and identity verification’ at points of accessing various government services to applying for loans from Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF).”
The GM added that it would also serve as a payment card for services across multiple vendors including buses and ferries; supermarkets as well as cash withdrawals from banks’ Automated Teller Machines (ATM).
Kasunmu, however, appealed to residents who have not registered to do so by visiting the website www.lagosresidents.gov.ng.
She noted that once registration is activated online, residents would need to visit any LASRRA registration centre nearest to them so their biometrics may be captured to complete the process. “Registration is free,” she added.
The GM stressed that one of the reasons residents with old cards need to do this is that the upgraded LAG ID is embedded with a multi-applet chip module. “It stores some of the updated biodata and biometric details of the resident for real-time validation and verification of identity.”
She explained that the old identity card was only for identification purposes.
“Holders of the old card need to update their records to obtain the new LAG ID Card with a validity period of five years.
“The new card allows flexibility, to onboard more features and expand usability given fast-changing technology trends,” says Kasunmu.