The National Identification System (NIDS) project has entered into the final phase of its testing, before its island-wide rollout which is slated for the second quarter of 2023.
Minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Floyd Green made the announcement in a release on Thursday (April 13), in which he said that the target quota for participation in the testing phase was exceeded.
According to Green, the post technical pilot phase is the final step before the establishment of the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) which will manage the national identification services.
The Project Executing Unit (PEU) and the PBS Consortium have so far been successful in integrated various systems, such as pre-enrolment, online enrolment, queue management, and identity management.
The system is now able to personalize national identification cards with digital certificates as one of the final layers of protection for cardholders.
On April 4, 2023, Jamaican volunteers were invited to register to participate in the testing of the national identification card enrolment and issuance processes.
300 Jamaicans signed up to participate for the testing in approximately 24 hours.