ID cards expiry date confirmed
The Central Electoral Board (JCE) has decided that the deadline for the expiration of the old identity card or cedula should be 10 January 2015. From that date on the new cedula will be required. The issuing of the new cedula began in April 2014.
JCE communications director Felix Reyna said that the same offices that issue the new cedula will continue to provide the service once the deadline has expired.
Reyna reported that 4,694,330 people have asked to change to the new card, 64% of cardholders. So far 4,471,194 new cedulas have been issued. This leaves 2,554,215 people who still have to request the new identity card.
The Central Electoral Board (JCE) is extending its opening hours for issuing new IDs to 7pm on Monday to Friday. The JCE says that the old ID (cedula) expires on 10 January 2015. On Saturdays the schedule will be 8am to 4pm and on Sundays from 8am to 2pm. The same schedule applies for issuing IDs to foreigners. ID centers overseas will continue with their same previous working hours.
The issuing of the document began in April 2014. There is no charge for changing the ID document for Dominicans or foreigners. A total of 176 centers are open in the National District and the provinces, as well as 75 mobile centers across the country that take the service to schools and companies where there are large concentrations of people.
The JCE said that the service would continue to be free at centers nationwide after the expiry date.
The JCE reports that 7,373,568 people are eligible for the ID cards of which 4,694,330 or 63.6% have already been renewed and another 71,046 cards are ready to be issued.
Thursday 18 December 2014, Senate president Cristina Lizardo asked the JCE to extend the expiry date.
Source: DR1, DiarioLibre
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