Persons with Disabilities, JPs, to be issued with Special NIDS Card

‘National Special Identification (NIDS) cards, will be issued to Persons with Disabilities and Justices of

 Peace (Jps)’ This announcement was made by Mr. Floyd Green, Minister in the office of the Prime

 Minister who is in charge of the roll out of the National Identification and Registration System (NIRA), 

as part of his contribution to the 2022/2e3 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.

‘The power that this card holds is the ease of use and the absence of traditional written proof and eyewitnesses to say you are who you say you are and as we amend our legislation to reflect our step into the digital world, it should be noted that where we are going is to remove the need for multiple unique identifiers and moving to where your one National ID can be used for your NIS, TRN and ultimately where your National Identification Card can  be shown as proof that you are licenced to drive,’ said Green.

Green said special provisions will be made for people with disabilities under the NIDS.

‘We have met and deliberated with the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities and have agreed 

on using the International Access Sign to represent persons with disabilities at the rear of the National

 Identification Card.’

That decision is optional however and persons with disabilities will decide if the sign should appear at

 the rear of their national ID.

‘This will ensure that persons with disabilities are treated with appropriate regard and provided with the access necessary to conduct their businesses and functions,’ said Green, adding that the move  will save the government approximately $160 million instead of having to print separate cards for persons with disabilities.