Department of Registration of Persons commenced issuing the new Smart Identity Cards from October 27. According to reports, the new National Identity Card will have a twelve digit number. It would include a photograph of ICAO standard and a machine -readable barcode. The card would contain information of the card holder including the name, place of birth, address and gender will be printed in all three languages and the signature of the card holder will also be featured in this new Identity Card. The department however said the old identity cards used would not be cancelled with the introduction of new Smart Card and this new identity Cards will be issued only to new applicants who apply after October 27, 2017.